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Old Friday 18th May 2018, 07:27   #1
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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.

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

Interesting article here


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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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