Rock Sparrow

Petronia petronia (Linnaeus, 1766) ROCSP 16040
Family: Passeriformes > Passeridae

Rock Sparrow, Neil Calbrade

Found at high altitudes throughout southern Europe and central Asia, this normally sedentary species is an extremely rare visitor to Britain.

Rock Sparrow was added to the British List following a record of an individual at Cley, Norfolk, in June 1981.


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant has not been recorded in the UK for many decades and as such cannot be mapped.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Rock Sparrow, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: pardal roquer
Czech: vrabec skalní
Danish: Stenspurv
Dutch: Rotsmus
Estonian: kaljuvarblane
Finnish: kalliovarpunen
French: Moineau soulcie
German: Steinsperling
Hungarian: köviveréb
Icelandic: Steinspör
Italian: Passera lagia
Latvian: akmenzvirbulis
Lithuanian: paprastasis uolažvirblis
Norwegian: Steinspurv
Polish: wróbel skalny
Portuguese: pardal-francês
Slovak: skalník žltohrdlý
Slovenian: skalni vrabec
Spanish: Gorrión chillón
Swedish: stensparv

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