Russet-browed Bush-sparrow (Gymnoris dentata) - HBW 14, p. 810
French: Petit Moineau
Spanish: Gorrión Chico
Other common names: Bush Petronia/Sparrow, Lesser Petronia/Rock-sparrow
Taxonomy: Xanthodira dentata Sundevall, 1850, Ronga [=Abu Saad], on Blue Nile, Sudan.
Genus often subsumed into Petronia. Race buchanani rather weakly differentiated; species sometimes treated as monotypic. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- dentata ( Sundevall, 1850) - S Mauritania and Senegambia E in Sahel zone and savanna belt (except S Niger) to S Sudan, W Ethiopia and N Eritrea; also SW Arabia (S Yemen).
- buchanani E. J. O. Hartert, 1921 - S Niger (Zinder province E to L Chad).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
A male leaving its nest-hole and calling from a branch. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 9 years ago 34 sec 4.2
A male perched on a branch. Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp dentata)
Yoel Jimenez 6 November 2014 50 weeks ago 44 sec 4
singing bird Locality North Bank Division, The Gambia (ssp dentata)
Daniêl Jimenez 27 December 2011 3 years ago 58 sec 3.7
pair perching Locality Bansang, Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp dentata)
Daniêl Jimenez 28 December 2011 3 years ago 16 sec 3.7
A female Locality Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 6 years ago 9 sec 3.6
two perched birds calling Locality Ngaoundaba Ranch, Ngaoundéré, Adamawa Province, Cameroon (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 16 March 2009 6 years ago 15 sec 3
PhotosSee all 10 photos
Couple (female on the left, male on the right) in a puddle
Locality Mole National Park, Northern Region, Ghana (ssp dentata)
Luis Mario Arce 18 February 2013 29 weeks ago 4
Perched on a tree
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
John A Thompson 17 January 2012 3 years ago 3.7
A perched bird
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 28 April 2014 15 weeks ago 3.7
A bird perched on a branch.
Locality Wadi Saham, Al Hudaydah Governorate, Yemen (ssp dentata)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 3 years ago 3.6
An adult perched in a tree.
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp dentata)
David Beadle 7 February 2009 2 years ago 3.5
A bird on a twig
Locality Benoue National Park, Adamawa Province, Cameroon
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 12 February 2012 3 years ago 3.5