Alternative names: Rock Petronia; Common Rock-Sparrow; Eurasian Rock-Sparrow; European Rock-Sparrow; Streaked Rock-Sparrow
- Petronia petronia
14 - 15.5cm (5½-6 in). A stout sparrow with a short tail and a robout bill:
- Strong white supercilium and weaker crown stripe
- Patterned brown back and wings
- Diagnostic yellow throat-spot but often difficult to see
- In flight broad wings and white-tipped tail characteristic
Sexes similar. Juveniles are browner than adults and have no yellow throat-spot.
- P. p. petronia (madeirensis):
- P. p. barbara:
- P. p. puteicola:
- P. p. exigua:
- P. p. kirhizica:
- Lower Volga River Valley to Turgay depression and Aral Sea
- P. p. intermedia:
- P. p. brevirostris:
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.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Rock Sparrow. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Rock_Sparrow
The following link is likely to also find images of Pale Rock Sparrow.