28 March 2023

House Sparrow hofufae? – Jubail

Whilst birding Jubail recently I found a few House Sparrow that were fairly confiding. Normally they occur in small flocks and hide in the reeds or the vegetation at the side of the water. This time a couple were collecting nesting material on the main track allowing some photos and others in the nearby scrub. The House Sparrows that looked small, with whitish cheeks and underside and a grey rump with less apparent rufous on the mantle, so could be the hofufae subspecies. This subspecies in not meant to occur this far north son will be interesting to see if I can get more evidence of this subspecies occurring here.