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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
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782. Petronia stulta
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Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Rock Sparrow
Rock Sparrow
Petronia petronia
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