Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)
Spanish Sparrow, Xerocampos, Crete, October 2002 - click for larger image Xerocampos, Crete
October 2002

The Spanish Sparrow is distributed around the Mediterranean, into the Middle East and as far as Kazakhstan. It inhabits trees, shrubs and bushes generally beside rivers or marshes.

There are hybrids with House Sparrow Passer domesticus so identification can be tricky. The Spanish Sparrow has a chestnut crown, whitish cheeks, a narrow white supercilium and in spring and summer it is mainly black on the mantle and shoulders. This photo was taken in the autumn and does not show these features. The female, on the right of this photo, is very difficult to tell from a female House Sparrow.
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