15 April 2023

House Sparrow – Jubail

Recently I posted about how I had found a few House Sparrow 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 so will be interesting to see if I can get more evidence of this subspecies occurring here. The last ringing session I trapped and ringed two House Sparrows, a male and a female. Neither of these birds looked like hofufae in the hand with greyinsh wash to the underparts and no real small measurements. There is the possibility both occur in the area but more evidence is required to be sure.

House Sparrow - Female

House Sparrow - Male