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Old Friday 18th May 2018, 07:27   #1
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Thumbs up house sparrow somali sparrow

Hey everybody,

In Handbook Birds of the World (HBW) are photos of the somali sparrow I think 2 of these photos were just normal house sparrows.

What do you think?

Thank you for your opinion.

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Old Friday 18th May 2018, 08:03   #2
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Look at these images, males are not always yellow.

https://www.google.com/search?q=soma...yDsgCIxEaF5MM:

There is no white, wing bar and the primaries look yellowish, note the crown colour too, more like Tree Sparrow.

Interesting article here

http://www.birdingafrica.com/somaliland_sparrow.htm




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Old Friday 18th May 2018, 09:35   #3
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I have to agree with Andy here, that's definitely a Somali Sparrow. The crown is all brown (no grey like in House Sparrow) but not as rufous as in breeding plumage. Also the upperparts are different (eg the grey-black stripes and the missing white wing bar, as mentioned by Andy).

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