Sunday, 7 June 2015

Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia)

OTHER NAMES: N/A
Latin Etymology: Petronia (species specific name) petronia (species specific name)
Adult Rock Sparrow (with female House Sparrow) (subspecies P. p. petronia) on Madrid Farmland, Spain - June 2015

Local Name (Spain): Gorrión chillón ("Noisy Sparrow")
Featured Subspecies: Petronia petronia petronia
Weight: 26-39g
Length: 15-17cm
Wingspan: 16-17cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern  

A bird with similar proportions to the house sparrow (see the female house sparrow to the right) this species has a more dappled/shabby experience than other species.  It also has a small difficult to see yellow throat patch which I didn't get to see from the angle it was perched in.  The rock sparrow is generally a bird of rocky dry habitat across its range which spreads all along southern Europe and Asia.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Petronia
Subspecies: P. p. petronia, P. p. barbara, P. p. puteicola, P. p. exigua, P. p. kirhizica, P. p.  intermedia, P. p. brevirostris

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Scarce Resident
 - MADRID 2015 TRIP: Single individual with House Sparrow flock on Farmland near Madrid

Further Notes: 
Arkive, BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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