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Alternative names: Rock Petronia; Common Rock-Sparrow; Eurasian Rock-Sparrow; European Rock-Sparrow; Streaked Rock-Sparrow
14 - 15.5cm (5Â½-6 in). A stout sparrow with a short tail and a robout bill:
Sexes similar. Juveniles are browner than adults and have no yellow throat-spot.
Kirhizica is usually merged in intermedia.
Bare treeless country from rocky slopes and ravines to flat desert steppe. Also in open woodland or parkland and often in large open areas of cultivation, vineyards, olive groves or around old buildings. Occurs from sea-level up to 4800m.
They can come together in large flocks outside of the breeding season.
Breeding season from March to August. Nests in loose colonies or isolated pairs. The domed nest is made of grass and placed in crevices in rocks or walls. Lays 4 - 7 eggs.
Their diet consists mostly of seeds and some berries. Nestlings are fed with invertebrates, especially termites, caterpillars, beetles and grasshoppers. They forage on or near the ground in low vegetation.
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