The Spanish sparrow (passer hyspaniolensis) is a small passerine bird that is closely related to the House sparrow and to the Italian sparrow.

Spanish sparrow


Description Edit

It is similar to House and Italian sparrows, but the male has heavy streaked underparts and a white supercilium. The crown is brown as in Italian sparrow and in Tree sparrow. The female is almost identical to the House sparrow and Italian sparrow's, but has heavier bill and sometimes light-brown streaked underparts.

Spanish sparrow female


Behavior Edit

The Spanish sparrow's beak is heavier than the House sparrow's, so this bird can crush heavier seeds. The Spanish sparrow also eats small insects and feeds its chicks with them. Spanish sparrow's vocalizations are similar to th House and Italian sparrow's, but have a more metallic tone.

Distribution and Habitat Edit

The Spanish Sparrow lives in the Mediterranean region and in South-west Asia. In some zones, it is possible to find Spanish sparrow-Italian sparrows hybrids.

Spanish sparrows nest in the bushes of the Mediterranean maquis but are often found in small towns.

Hybrid spanish-italian

The male on the left in this photo might be a hybrid between a Spanish sparrow and an Italian sparrow.

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