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Sparrow

Observed: 29th March 2013 By: bramblejunglebramblejungle’s reputation in Birdsbramblejungle’s reputation in Birdsbramblejungle’s reputation in Birdsbramblejungle’s reputation in Birds
sp2903_3
sp2903_2
sp2903_1
Description:
Identifications
  • House sparrow hybrid (Passer domesticus x)
    Confidence: It might be this.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
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    Likely ID
    House x Tree Sparrow hybrid (Passer domesticus x Passer montanus)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Milvus's picture

Hybrid?

This does look somewhat like a house sparrow/tree sparrow hybrid - though there is no obvious cheek spot but it has good clean white checks and a largely brown cap, with some just slight grey flecking. I have seen a couple of hybrid birds over the years - neither looked as well marked as this one.

In fact, this bird is very reminiscent of the male Italian Sparrows that I was watching hopping around the legs of the tables in the hotel’s patio restaurant in Riva del Garda (northern Italy) a couple of summers ago. Intriguing.

RoyW's picture

House x Tree Sparrow

This bird does resemble a male Italian Sparrow, but I believe that there is evidence of Tree Sparrow parentage if you look closely.
The partial white collar is more extensive than would otherwise be expected, and there is a hint of a black cheek spot (joined to the 'point' of the chestnut cap which extends on to the cheek).

Also see this observation:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/319424#comment-105714