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 8 videos
A male leaving its nest-hole and calling from a branch. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 7 years ago 34 sec 4.2
singing bird Locality North Bank Division, The Gambia (ssp dentata)
Daniêl Jimenez 27 December 2011 1 year ago 58 sec 3.8
pair perching Locality Bansang, Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp dentata)
Daniêl Jimenez 28 December 2011 1 year ago 16 sec 3.8
A female Locality Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 3 years ago 9 sec 3.6
two perched birds calling Locality Ngaoundaba Ranch, Ngaoundéré, Adamawa Province, Cameroon (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 16 March 2009 3 years ago 15 sec 3
A bird singing or calling Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 3 years ago 19 sec 3
PhotosSee all 8 photos
Perched on a tree
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
John A Thompson 17 January 2012 1 year ago 3.8
An adult perched in a tree.
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp dentata)
David Beadle 7 February 2009 16 weeks ago 3.7
A bird on a twig
Locality Benoue National Park, Adamawa Province, Cameroon
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 12 February 2012 49 weeks ago 3.6
A bird perched on a branch.
Locality Wadi Saham, Al Hudaydah Governorate, Yemen (ssp dentata)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 40 weeks ago 3.3
On a bridge on Jemmu river
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia
Guy Poisson 17 February 2010 2 years ago 3
A bird in a tree.
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 26 November 2005 3 years ago 2.7