Socotra Sparrow (Passer insularis) - HBW 14, p. 799
French: Moineau de Socotra
Spanish: Gorrión de Socotora
Other common names: Abdelkuri Sparrow (hemileucus)
Taxonomy: Passer insularis P. L. Sclater and Hartlaub, 1881, Socotra Island.
Forms a superspecies with P. iagoensis, P. cordofanicus, P. shelleyi, P. rufocinctus and P. motitensis, and all sometimes considered conspecific. It has been suggested that pale race hemileucus may represent a full species, apparently genetically divergent from nominate, also that population on islet of Samha might warrant treatment as an additional, small race of present species; further study required. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- hemileucus Ogilvie-Grant & H. O. Forbes, 1900 - 'Abd al Kuri I (between NE Somalia and Socotra).
- insularis P. L. Sclater & Hartlaub, 1881 - Socotra I, including islets of Samha and Darsa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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