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Italian Sparrow

Passer italiae (Vieillot, 1817)

The Italian Sparrow (Passer italiae), also known as the Cisalpine Sparrow, is a passerine bird of the sparrow family Passeridae, found in Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean region. In appearance, it is intermediate between the House Sparrow, and the Spanish Sparrow, a species of the Mediterranean and Central Asia closely related to the House Sparrow. The Italian Sparrow occurs in northern Italy and neighbouring regions, with intermediates with the House Sparrow in a very narrow contact zone in the Alps, a slow gradation in appearance from the Italian to Spanish Sparrows across central and southern Italy, and more birds of intermediate appearance in Malta, Crete, and other parts of the Mediterranean. There has been much debate on the origins and taxonomic status of the Italian Sparrow, especially given its possible hybrid origin. Some have classified it as a subspecies of House Sparrow, a subspecies of the Spanish Sparrow, or as a distinct species, a treatment followed if only for convenience by authorities such as the Handbook of the Birds of the World. A DNA analysis by Glenn-Peter Sætre and colleagues published in 2011 indicated an origin of the Italian Sparrow through hybridisation between the Spanish and House Sparrows, and Sætre and colleagues argued that given its origins and the limited extent of hybridisation, the treatment as a distinct species was supported. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Passeridae
Genus:
  Passer

Scientific:
  Passer italiae

Citation:
  (Vieillot, 1817)

Reference:
  Nouv.Dict.Hist.Nat. 25["1817"] 17, p. 199

Protonym:
  Fringilla Italiae

Avibase ID:
  3718C3F9FDA2A7FB

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/3718C3F9

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 916930


VULNERABLE

Geographic range:

  • Passer italiae: Italian Peninsula, Corsica, Sicily, and Crete
English:
Italian Sparrow
Czech:
vrabec italský
German:
Italiensperling
Danish:
Italiensk Spurv
Spanish:
Gorrión Italiano
Finnish:
italianvarpunen
French:
Moineau cisalpin
Icelandic:
Ítalaspör
Italian:
Passera d'Italia
Japanese:
itariasuzume
Japanese:
イタリアスズメ
Dutch:
Italiaanse Mus
Norwegian:
Romerspurv
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Romarsporv
Polish:
wróbel apeniński
Portuguese:
Pardal-italiano
Russian:
Итальянский воробей
Slovak:
vrabec taliansky
Swedish:
italiensk sparv
Ukrainian:
Горобець італійський
Chinese:
意大利麻雀


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Moineau cisalpin ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
Passer hispaniolensis italiae [version 2]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Passer hispaniolensis italiae [version 2]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Passer hispaniolensis italiae [version 2]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
Passer hispaniolensis italiae [version 2]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2019:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Passer domesticus italiae [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
Italian Sparrow ( Passer italiae) [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Passer domesticus italiae [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Passer domesticus italiae [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes a subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Passer [domesticus or italiae] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms


Bulgarian: Италианско врабче
Catalan: pardal italià
Czech: vrabec italský
Danish: Italiensk Spurv
German: Italien Sperling, Italiensperling
English: house sparrow, Italian house sparrow, Italian Sparrow
English (IOC): Italian Sparrow
Spanish: Gorrión casero, Gorrión Italiano, Gorrión moruno
Spanish (Spain): Gorrión Italiano
Spanish (HBW): Gorrión italiano
Estonian: itaalia varblane
Finnish: italianvarpunen
French: Moineau cisalpin
Hungarian: Olasz veréb
Icelandic: Ítalaspör
Italian: Passera d'Italia
Japanese: itariasuzume
Japanese: イタリアスズメ
Scientific: Fringilla Italiae, Passer domesticus italiae, Passer hispaniolensis italiae, Passer italiae
Lithuanian: Italinis žvirblis
Dutch: Italiaanse mus
Norwegian Nynorsk: Romarsporv
Norwegian: Romerspurv
Polish: wróbel apeniński, Wróbel podalpejski
Portuguese: Pardal-italiano
Portuguese (Portugal): Pardal-italiano
Romansh: pasler talian
Russian: Итальянский воробей
Slovak: vrabec taliansky
Slovenian: italijanski vrabec, laški vrabec
Serbian: Italijanski vrabac
Swedish: Italiensk sparv
Ukrainian: Горобець італійський
Chinese: 意大利麻雀
Chinese (Traditional): 義大利麻雀

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