Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus) - HBW 14, p. 800

French: Moineau mélanure German: Kapsperling Spanish: Gorrión de El Cabo

Taxonomy: Loxia melanura Statius Müller, 1776, Cape Town, South Africa.
Hybridization with P. domesticus recorded. Race vicinus sometimes subsumed into nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • damarensis Reichenow, 1902 - extreme SW Angola, Namibia, W and E Botswana and extreme W Zimbabwe S to N South Africa (S to Northern Cape, North West Province and N Limpopo Province).
  • melanurus ( Statius Müller, 1776) - SW South Africa (S Northern Cape and Western Cape E to SW Free State).
  • vicinus Clancey, 1958 - E South Africa (S Limpopo Province S to E Free State, W KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.