Family Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Least Concern

Arabian Golden Sparrow (Passer euchlorus)


Taxonomy

French: Moineau d’Arabie German: Jemengoldsperling Spanish: Gorrión árabe
Taxonomy:

Auripasser euchlorus

Bonaparte

, 1850,

“Abyssinia, Arabia“= Kunfuda, Arabia

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In the past often treated as conspecific with P. luteus and both formerly placed in separate genus, Auripasser. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW tip of Arabian Peninsula (SW Saudi Arabia, W Yemen), and Djibouti and extreme coastal NW Somalia.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 12–17 g. Male is golden-yellow, except for paler yellow upper­wing-coverts with greyish inner webs, black flight-feathers with whitish edges, small... read more

Voice

Soft, disyllabic, high-pitched chirp, similar to that of P. luteus. Flocks utter... read more

Habitat

Arid thornbush savanna and nearby cultivated land.

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses and cultivated cereals, especially millet; little recorded. Highly gregarious, forages in small flocks; larger flocks,... read more

Breeding

Breeding probably associated with rains, recorded in Mar–Jul in Yemen and Mar–May in Djibouti. Highly colonial, with 20–... read more

Movements

Mainly sedentary; small local movements in non-breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common. Largely dependent on cultivated crops; not directly controlled by man, but breeding area may be abandoned after a few years, the birds moving... read more

Recommended citation

Summers-Smith, D. (2019). Arabian Golden Sparrow (Passer euchlorus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60948 on 19 August 2019).