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Italian sparrow
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male
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Passer
Species: Passer italiae
The Italian sparrow (passer italiae) is a small songbird in the Passeridae family. It is closely related to the house sparrow. It lives mainly in Italy, but also in Corsica and Crete. 

Description Edit

the Italian sparrow looks like an intermediate between the house sparrow and the Spanish sparrow. It is about 14 cm long. The male has a chestnut crown, nape, upperparts and sides of the head, white cheecks and light grey underparts with a black throat. The female is all brown.

Italian sparrow female

females

Italian sparrow

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Habits Edit

This bird eats seeds, but feeds the chicks with insects. It is a social bird and breeds in small flocks. It lays about five white eggs white brown spots. The Italian sparrow is easy to find in cities,expecially in parks. Its call is similar to the house sparrow's: a loud "shirp". This bird lives about ten years or sometimes more.

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