Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Somali Sparrow (Passer castanopterus) - HBW 14, p. 795

French: Moineau de Somalie German: Somalisperling Spanish: Gorrión Somalí

Taxonomy: Passer castanopterus Blyth, 1855, Somalia.
Has been considered to form a superspecies with P. rutilans, and sometimes treated as conspecific; similarities in plumage and morphology between the two likely a matter of convergence, rather than close relationship. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • castanopterus Blyth, 1855 - Djibouti, Somalia and E Ethiopia (E from c. 41° E).
  • fulgens Friedmann, 1931 - extreme S Ethiopia and N Kenya (S to Kapedo and Marsabit).

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