Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Cape Verde Sparrow (Passer iagoensis) - HBW 14, p. 798

French: Moineau du Cap-Vert German: Kapverdensperling Spanish: Gorrión de Cabo Verde
Other common names: Iago/Rufous-backed Sparrow

Taxonomy: Pyrgita Iagoensis Gould, 1838, São Tiago, Cape Verde Islands.
Forms a superspecies with P. cordofanicus, P. shelleyi, P. insularis, P. rufocinctus and P. motitensis, and all sometimes considered conspecific. Treated as distinct species on grounds mainly of morphological and behavioural differences from others. Monotypic.

Distribution: Cape Verde Is, off W Africa.