Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) - HBW 14, p. 794

French: Moineau espagnol German: Weidensperling Spanish: Gorrión Moruno
Other common names: Willow Sparrow

Taxonomy: Fringilla hispaniolensis Temminck, 1820, Algeciras, southern Spain.
Forms a superspecies with P. domesticus and P. italiae, and the three sometimes considered conspecific. Hybridizes extensively with former, and in S Italy with latter; hybrids with P. montanus also reported. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hispaniolensis ( Temminck, 1820) - Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, Greece and Balkans, W Asia Minor, E Atlantic islands (Madeira, Canary Is and Cape Verde Is) and NW Africa (Morocco E to NE Libya).
  • transcaspicus Tschusi, 1902 - Cyprus, E Turkey and Levant E to Iran, Afghanistan, S Kazakhstan and NW China (W Xinjiang); non-breeding also NW Indian Subcontinent.