These two Spanish Sparrows, one male and one female, enjoyed a small puddle of water on the edge of a field created by the farmer’s leaking hosepipe. They were soon joined by other sparrows to cool in the heat of the afternoon sun.

The Spanish Sparrow is distributed around the Mediterranean. They are 14-16cm long and closely related to the familiar House Sparrow. They will interbreed with species to produce hybrids such as the Italian Sparrow of northern Italy, which show characteristics of both species

Mainly resident in the west of its range, but eastern populations of this passerine are more migratory. Odd birds have wandered as far as Scotland.

Although, like its relative, they are found near habitation and usulay breed in trees near rivers or other wet areas. They build a closed nest, and sometimes nest inside large nests of birds like the White Stork. 4-8 eggs are laid.

The male is similar to the House Sparrow, but has a chestnut cap, blacker back, and underparts heavily streaked with black. The female is effectively inseparable from its relative. Like other sparrows this species feeds principally on seeds.



Spanish Sparrows
Passer hispaniolensis

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