French: Moineau soulcie German: Steinsperling Spanish: Gorrión chillón
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Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. petronia
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Madeira, Canary Is, and S Europe (including Mediterranean islands) E to Bulgaria and W Asia Minor.
P. p. barbara
Erlanger, 1899 – Morocco E to NW Libya (S to 21° N).
P. p. exigua
(Hellmayr, 1902) – C Turkey E to Caucasus, N Iraq and N Iran (E to Gorgan).
P. p. puteicola
Festa, 1894 – S Turkey S to C Israel, Syria and W Jordan.
P. p. intermedia
E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – lower Volga Valley E to Aral Sea and E Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, S to SW, S & NE Iran, N Afghanistan and extreme NW China (W Xinjiang); in winter also N & W Pakistan.
P. p. brevirostris
Taczanowski, 1874 – S foothills of Altai, N & E Mongolia and SE Transbaikalia S to N & C China (Inner Mongolia S to N Sichuan).
14–15·5 cm; 26–39 g. Stout sparrow with short, square tail and robust bill; in flight, broad wings and short, white-tipped tail characteristic. Nominate... read more
Noisy. Large variety of mainly disyllabic, rather nasal calls, e.g. "pee-yee" or "... read more
Generally bare treeless country, ranging from flat desert steppe to rocky slopes and ravines at up... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds of low herbs and grasses, also small berries; in breeding season also animal matter, e.g. termites (Isoptera) and beetles (... read more
Season Mar–Aug; two broods. In loose colonies and isolated pairs. Nest an untidy structure, sometimes domed, made from grass, lined... read more
Resident and partial migrant; some post-breeding dispersal and withdrawal to lower altitudes in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. European population in 1980s estimated at c. 1,000,000 pairs, mostly in Spain, where breeding densities of 1·6 birds/10 ha in... read more
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