Passer simplex Zarudnyi
Transcaspia [= Repetek, Turkmenistan].
Until recently (but still widely) considered conspecific with P. simplex, to which it is clearly closely related. Differs, however, in its stronger black mask (2); white fringe on forehead (ns); pale grey vs pale sandy crown to back, rump, and fringes on wings and tail (1); female like male (3); apparently shorter wing but longer tail (mean of 4 male tails 59.75 mm vs 53.6 in 10 male P. s. saharae and 53 in 2 male P. s. simplex; allow 1). Vocal studies desirable. Monotypic.
Turkmenistan and C Uzbekistan.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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