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Category:Passer - BirdForum Opus

Genus: Passer


Sparrows of Africa and Eurasia, introduced also in North America, South America and Australia.
They are:

  • Similar in size and body structure
  • The bill of the male becomes black in breeding season and horn-coloured outside breeding season (except a few with a black bill all year)
  • They are social species
  • They have similar behaviour (eg bathing in water and dusting in sand or dust)
  • Many are associated with man


Passer is a genus in the family Passeridae.
The genera Auripasser (Arabian Golden Sparrow and Sudan Golden Sparrow) and Sorella (Chestnut Sparrow) are now generally accepted to belong to this genus.

Genus Passer viewedit
P. ammodendri Saxaul Sparrow
P. domesticus House Sparrow
P. italiae Italian Sparrow
P. hispaniolensis Spanish Sparrow
P. pyrrhonotus Sind Sparrow
P. castanopterus Somali Sparrow
P. cinnamomeus Russet Sparrow
P. flaveolus Plain-backed Sparrow
P. moabiticus Dead Sea Sparrow
P. iagoensis Cape Verde Sparrow
P. hemileucus Abd al-Kuri Sparrow
P. insularis Socotra Sparrow
P. motitensis Great Sparrow
P. rufocinctus Kenya Sparrow
P. shelleyi Shelley's Sparrow
P. cordofanicus Kordofan Sparrow
P. melanurus Cape Sparrow
P. griseus Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
P. swainsonii Swainson's Sparrow
P. gongonensis Parrot-billed Sparrow
P. suahelicus Swahili Sparrow
P. diffusus Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
P. simplex Desert Sparrow
P. zarudnyi Zarudny's Sparrow
P. montanus Eurasian Tree Sparrow
P. luteus Sudan Golden Sparrow
P. euchlorus Arabian Golden Sparrow
P. eminibey Chestnut Sparrow


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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