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 12 weeks ago 4.7
An adult male searching food (video frame).
Locality Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (ssp hispaniolensis)
Pierandrea Brichetti 28 February 2011 1 year 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 36 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