House Sparrow

House Sparrow
House Sparrow Passer domesticus domesticus, male (top) and female, Labudalin Liu Dui (50.178527, 119.815761), Hulunbeier Prefecture, Inner Mongolia, China, elev. 610 m (2,010 ft.), July. In China, House Sparrow P. p. bactrianus is resident with some seasonal movements Xinjiang to Qinghai, Shaanxi, and Sichuan; parkini Tibet to Yunnan and Guangxi; and domesticus Greater Khingan Range, Inner Mongolia and adjacent Heilongjiang. Male distinguished from Eurasian Tree Sparrow P. montanus by lack of black cheek patch, more extensive black bib, and grey crown. Male Spanish Sparrow P. hispaniolensis (western Xinjiang) has black flanks and white stripes on mantle. Male Saxaul Sparrow P. ammodendri has caramel supercilium and nape side and forked tail. (Craig Brelsford)
House Sparrow
House Sparrow race domesticus, female, Labudalin Liu Dui (50.178527, 119.815761), Inner Mongolia, July. Female more strongly patterned than female Saxaul Sparrow and has shorter supercilium. (Craig Brelsford)

THE OLD WORLD SPARROWS OF CHINA has research on most of the 13 species in the family Passeridae in China. Click any link:

Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
White-rumped Snowfinch Onychostruthus taczanowskii
Tibetan Snowfinch Montifringilla henrici
White-winged Snowfinch M. nivalis
Black-winged Snowfinch M. adamsi
Rufous-necked Snowfinch Pyrgilauda ruficollis
Pere David’s Snowfinch P. davidiana
Blanford’s Snowfinch P. blanfordi
Russet Sparrow Passer cinnamomeus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow P. montanus
Saxaul Sparrow P. ammodendri
Spanish Sparrow P. hispaniolensis
House Sparrow P. domesticus


MacKinnon, John (2022). Guide to the Birds of China. Oxford University Press.

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