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Rock Sparrow

(Petronia petronia)
German name(s): "Steinsperling", "Steinsperling-petronia"
Size: 15-17 cm

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Rock Sparrow at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "petronia"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Rock Sparrow (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a Rock Sparrow (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

Lateral view of a Rock Sparrow (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Rock Sparrow (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Two Rock Sparrows (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

Flock of huddling Rock Sparrows (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Rock Sparrow; note the pale cap and bill (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Small group of Rock Sparrows, with a juvenile at top right (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2018]

Behaviour

Rock Sparrows are very sociable birds and are often found in - possibly very large - flocks.

Food, Diet

Rock Sparrows are mostly seed-eaters, but they will also take fruit and also invertebrates, which they also feed to their young.

Rock Sparrows feeding in grain stubble (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2014]

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