Sparrows in Spain

There are quite a lot of small birds in the area around our house in Zahora, Andalucía, and this despite the activities of large numbers of bird trappers and the sounds of guns going off most mornings and evenings. Perhaps the commonest is the Sparrow.

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus

This is a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) which is living in Spain, but it is not a Spanish Sparrow. There is a sparrow called a Spanish Sparrow ( Passer hispaniolensis) but you are more likely to see it in southern Italy or Greece.

You do get Spanish Sparrows in Spain but not here in Andalucía, they are only found in a small region of Extramadura near the Guadiana river, which is about 100 miles north of here.

There are various other birds called sparrows, like the Iago Sparrow which is only found on the Cape Verde Islands, this was a Portuguese territory but is now independent, and there is the Dead Sea Sparrow, which is not a deceased Sea Sparrow but a sparrow which lives in the middle east near the dead sea.  Not all birds called sparrows are actually sparrows, for example the Hedge Sparrow, which lives in hedges but is in fact a type of bird called an accentor, it is also called a Dunnock.




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