Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Special Birds: Spanish Sparrow

Male Spanish Sparrows Passer hispaniolensis are not that colourful but they are handsome birds with their bold black body streaking, black "burglar mask", white cheeks and rich chestnut caps. Females are very much like female House Sparrows. In fact, Spanish and House Sparrows will interbreed and so care should be taken before claiming a Spanish Sparrow away from its core range. They occur in the Balkans, particulary in eastern Romania and Bulgaria where they often nest in small colonies inside roadside White Stork nests. At the end of the breeding season they sometimes form large flocks in rural areas.

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