Genus PASSER

The genus Passer contains the true Sparrows, which are well represented over the greater part of the Old World. In this genus, as restricted by me, both sexes agree in exhibiting a peculiar pattern on the outer webs of the earlier primaries, caused by the varying width of the margins of the feathers. The bill is short and stout and the culmen slightly curved.

The Sparrows are mostly well-known birds which frequent the neighbourhood of towns and villages. A few species, however, are only found in the open country away from houses.

Key to the Species.

a. Back streaked with black.
a1. No supercilium.
a2. Crown of head ashy grey.
a3. Chin, throat, and whole breast black……………………P. domesticus , p. 236.
b3. Chin and upper throat only black……………………P. pyrrhonotus , p. 238.
b2. Crown of head red or rufous.
c3. Chin, throat, and breast black……………………P. hispaniolensis p. 239.
d3. Chin and throat only black.
a4. A black patch on ear-coverts……………………P. montanus, p. 240.
b4. No black patch on ear-coverts……………………P. cinnamomeus , p. 240.
b1. A supercilium.
c2. Lower plumage more or less streaked……………………P. hispaniolensis , p. 239.
d2. Lower plumage unstreaked.
e3. No yellow in lower plumage,
c4. Wing about 3……………………P. domesticus , p. 236.
d4. Wing about 2.5……………………P. pyrrhonotus ,p. 238.
f3. Lower plumage decidedly yellow……………………P. cinnamomeus , p. 240.
b. No black streaks on back……………………P. flaveolus, p. 242.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus PASSER
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
236
M_ID: 
29347
M_SN: 
Passer
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1071

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