Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) - HBW 14, p. 794
French: Moineau espagnol
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 28 videos
A male singing and occupying a Northern House Martin nest, and a female perched on a beam. Locality Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece (ssp hispaniolensis)
Pierandrea Brichetti 19 May 2010 1 year ago 45 sec 4.7
A male singing and pair feeding nestlings. Locality Monfragüe National Park, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (ssp hispaniolensis)
Pierandrea Brichetti 13 May 2008 1 year ago 39 sec 4.6
A female feeding at the nest. Locality Barranco del Río Dulce Natural Park, Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Javier Ortas 8 July 2006 6 years ago 30 sec 4.4
A pair copulating in a farmhouse . Locality Istria County, Croatia (ssp hispaniolensis)
Pierandrea Brichetti 18 June 2011 1 year ago 35 sec 4.4
A close up of a male calling Locality Villaverde, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (ssp hispaniolensis)
Eric Roualet 26 December 2012 2 years ago 18 sec 4.3
A male springing on the grond. Locality Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Jeremiusz Trzaska 27 March 2010 5 years ago 24 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 73 photos
Bird taking a bath.
Locality Lower East River, Kalloni, Lesbos Island, North Aegean Region, Greece
Mattias Hofstede 18 May 2013 6 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 19 December 2009 5 years ago 4.6
male with a prey
Locality Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia (ssp hispaniolensis)
spiljar 27 June 2009 30 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Shahrud, Semnan Province, Iran
behnam 1 December 2011 1 year ago 4.5
A close up of a male
Locality Santa Maria La Palma, Alghero, Sassari Province, Sardinia, Italy (Monotypic species)
Lars Petersson 10 April 2013 1 year ago 4.5
An adult male perched on a stone (video frame).
Locality Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (ssp hispaniolensis)
Pierandrea Brichetti 28 February 2011 1 year ago 4.5