1103. Passer montanus dilutus

(1103) Passer montanus dilutus.

The Afghan Tree-Sparrow.

Passer montanus dilutus Richmond, Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., xviii, p. 575 (1895) (Kashgar). Passer montanus. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 240 (part).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. A paler bird than any of the other races of Tree-Sparrow; the crown and nape more vinous than maroon ; the upper parts fulvous-chestnut rather than rufous-chestnut and the rump and upper tail-coverts light yellowish-brown ; below much paler.

Colours of soft parts as in the Common Tree-Sparrow but the bill seems never to be entirely black, the base always being paler.

Measurements. Wing 78 to 83 mm. ; tail 50 to 55 mm.: tarsus 18 to 19 mm.; culmen about 10 to 11 mm.

Distribution. Turkestan, East Persia, Afghanistan, Yarkand and Gilgil, straggling into India along the North-West Frontier.

Nidification and Habits. Similar to those of the Malay Tree-Sparrow.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1103. Passer montanus dilutus
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1103
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
178
Common name: 
Afghan Tree Sparrow
M_ID: 
29416
M_SN: 
Passer montanus dilutus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
3917

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