782. Petronia stulta

782. Petronia stulta.

The Rock-Sparrow.
Fringilla petronia, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 322 (1766). Fringilla stulta, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i, p. 919 (1788). Petronia stulta (Gm.) Blyth, Cat. p. 120; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 497; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 79; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 574; Hume, S. F. ix, p. 343 (note). Petronia petronia (Linn.), Sharpe. Cat. B. M. xii, p. 289.

Coloration. Male. The forehead and crown dark brown, with a broad mesial buff band from the bill to the nape ; a broad supercilium buff; back and scapulars with the inner webs of the feathers black, the outer buff; rump mingled brown and buff; upper tail-coverts brown edged with buff; middle tail-feathers ashy brown, becoming black towarks the tip and margined whitish; the other feathers the same but with a large terminal white patch on the inner web; quills and coverts brown edged with buff; a dark brown band from the eye under the supercilium and a spot near the gape; ear-coverts brown ; lower plumage whity brown more or less streaked with dark brown, and with a yellow patch on the lower throat.

Female. Resembles the male closely.

Bill horn-brown above, light brown below with a dark tip ; legs light brown ; iris brown.

Length about 6.5; tail 2.3; wing 3.8; tarsus .7; bill from gape .7.

Distribution. A winter visitor to Gilgit, occurring there from November to March. This species has a wide range, being found over a considerable portion of Europe, in North Africa, Asia Minor, Persia, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Siberia, and Northern China.

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: 
782. Petronia stulta
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
782
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
257
Common name: 
Rock Sparrow
M_ID: 
29427
M_CN: 
Rock Sparrow
M_SN: 
Petronia petronia
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1079

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