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Cape Sparrow

Passer melanurus (Statius Muller, 1776)

The Cape Sparrow or Mossie (Passer melanurus) is a bird of the sparrow family Passeridae found in southern Africa. A medium-sized sparrow at 14–16 centimetres (5.5–6.3 in), it has distinctive plumage including large pale head stripes. Both sexes are mostly coloured grey, brown, and chestnut, and the male has some black and white markings on its head and neck. It inhabits semi-arid savanna, cultivated areas, and towns, and ranges from the central coast of Angola to Lesotho. Three subspecies are distinguished. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Passeridae
Genus:
  Passer

Scientific:
  Passer melanurus

Citation:
  (Statius Muller, 1776)

Reference:
  Natursyst.Suppl. p.153

Protonym:
  Loxia melanura

Avibase ID:
  DEE88DF6316BE0F4

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/DEE88DF6

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 561884

Geographic range:

  • Passer melanurus melanurus (melanurus): southwestern South Africa (southern Northern Cape and Western Cape east to Free State)
  • Passer melanurus melanurus (vicinus): eastern South Africa (southern Limpopo to eastern Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape) and Lesotho
  • Passer melanurus damarensis: southwestern Angola to Namibia, east to Zimbabwe and northern South Africa (Northern Cape, North West, and northern Limpopo)
English:
Cape Sparrow
Czech:
vrabec kapský
German:
Kapsperling
Danish:
Kapspurv
Spanish:
Gorrión de El Cabo
Finnish:
sirkkuvarpunen
French:
Moineau mélanure
Icelandic:
Mánaspör
Italian:
Passera del Capo
Japanese:
hoogurosuzume
Japanese:
ホオグロスズメ
Dutch:
Kaapse Mus
Norwegian:
Boerspurv
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Boarsporv
Polish:
wróbel czarnoglowy
Portuguese:
Pardal do cabo
Russian:
Капский воробей
Slovak:
vrabec čiernohlavý
Swedish:
boersparv
Ukrainian:
Горобець чорноголовий
Chinese:
南非麻雀


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Moineau mélanure ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Moineau mélanure ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2019:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 10.1:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
Passer melanurus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Passer melanurus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Passer melanurus [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Mossie ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Cape Sparrow ( Passer melanurus) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Passer melanurus [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Passer melanurus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Afrikaans: Gewone Mossie
Catalan: pardal del Cap
Czech: Vrabec kapský
Danish: Kapspurv
German: Kapsperling
English: Cape Sparrow, Damara Mossie, Mossie, Mossie Sparrow
English (IOC): Cape Sparrow
Spanish: Gorrión de El Cabo, Gorrión Mossie
Spanish (Spain): Gorrión del Cabo
Spanish (HBW): Cape Sparrow
Estonian: mustpea-varblane
Finnish: Sirkkuvarpunen
French: Moineau du Cap, Moineau mélanure
Hungarian: fokföldi veréb
Icelandic: Mánaspör
Italian: Passera del Capo, Passero del Capo
Japanese: hoogurosuzume
Japanese: ホオグロスズメ
Scientific: Loxia melanura, Passer melanurus, Passer melanurus melanurus
Lithuanian: Kapinis žvirblis
Dutch: Kaapse Mus
Norwegian Nynorsk: Boarsporv
Norwegian: Boerspurv
Polish: Wróbel blady, wróbel czarnoglowy, wróbel czarnogłowy
Portuguese: Pardal do cabo, Pardal-do-cabo
Russian: Капский воробей, Южноафриканский воробей
Slovak: vrabec čiernohlavý
Serbian: Južnoafrički vrabac
Sotho, Southern: Serobele
Swedish: Boersparv
Swahili: Shomoro Uso-mweusi
Tswana: Tswere
Ukrainian: Горобець чорноголовий
Xhosa: Ingqabe
Chinese: 南非麻雀
Chinese (Traditional): 南非麻雀
Zulu: uNdlunkulu

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