Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus) - HBW 14, p. 800
French: Moineau mélanure
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
male feeding on the ground Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp melanurus)
Tom Heijnen 19 November 2013 11 weeks ago 9 sec 4.9
Male with 2 fledglings on branch Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp damarensis)
Desmond Allen 9 September 2013 43 weeks ago 23 sec 4.8
An adult foraging on a track Locality De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp capensis)
Greg Baker 2 October 2002 1 year ago 23 sec 4.7
A pair feeding on the rocks Locality Sani Pass, Lesotho (ssp melanurus)
Francesc Capdevila i Torr... 13 October 2002 10 years ago 22 sec 4.6
male calling from tree Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp melanurus)
Tom Heijnen 19 November 2013 11 weeks ago 7 sec 4.3
A bird on rocks, feeding Locality Namibia (ssp damarensis)
Josep del Hoyo 17 July 1998 7 years ago 14 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 34 photos
On a branch
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp melanurus)
Guy Poisson 16 November 2012 1 year ago 4.7
In the brush attached to the Protea Hotel
Locality Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp damarensis)
Lee Hunter 28 July 2010 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Cristiano Crolle 10 August 2013 45 weeks ago 4.2
On a branch
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 16 November 2012 1 year ago 4
Locality Fish River Canyon National Park, Karas Region, Namibia
lsargentini 22 August 2011 1 year ago 4
A bird on a chair
Locality Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Rainer Mönke 15 December 2011 2 years ago 4