Family Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Least Concern

Sind Sparrow (Passer pyrrhonotus)


French: Moineau du Sind German: Dschungelsperling Spanish: Gorrión del Sind

Passer pyrrhonotus


, 1845,

Bahawalpur, Sind, Pakistan


Was in the past thought possibly a small race of P. domesticus. Monotypic.


Indus Valley (and lower reaches of its main tributaries), in Pakistan, W to SE Iran and E in Punjab to Delhi area, in N India.

Descriptive notes

12·5–13 cm. Male breeding has grey crown to hindneck, dirty grey ear-coverts and cheek, black lores, broad chestnut band behind eye curving around rear of ear-... read more


Poorly known. Male call a soft "chup". Song described as mix of whistles, chirrups,... read more


Predominantly in riverine or swampy areas, occurring in wet tall grass, tamarisk (Tamarix... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly seeds, mostly of grasses and small herbs; also some invertebrate food, e.g. caterpillars of Lepidoptera. Forages in small flocks, of... read more


Season Apr–Sept; two broods. Breeds in loose colonies. Nest a large, untidy globular construction of grass, reeds and coarse twigs,... read more


Resident. Report of "small P. domesticus with a characteristic high-pitched call... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Indus Plains Secondary Area. Locally common. Expansion E in N India relatively recent. Old reports from SE Iran... read more

Recommended citation

Summers-Smith, D. (2020). Sind Sparrow (Passer pyrrhonotus). 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 on 25 January 2020).