Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus)

OTHER NAMES: Pegu Sparrow, Olive-backed Sparrow
Latin Etymology: Passer ("sparrow") flaveolus ("golden yellow") 
Adult female Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus) near Siem Reap, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ? 
Featured Subspecies: N/A 
Weight: 17-23g
Length: 14cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Plain-backed Sparrow is a species that looks kind of like a House Sparrow that has had all the patterning softed out to create a much more smooth looking bird.  It's a rural bird of open areas with limited trees, or in the case of the few birds where we saw, electricity pylons which they seemed to enjoy using as vantage points. 

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Passer
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - A fairly common resident.
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - Two seen near outskirts of Siem Reap

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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