Spanish Sparrow

Passer hispaniolensis (Temminck, 1820) SPASP 15920
Family: Passeriformes > Passeridae

Spanish Sparrow, Philip Croft

A close cousin of the House Sparrow but with a chestnut cap, Spanish Sparrow breeds across southern Europe and North Africa, east to south-west Asia.

Northern populations are partial migrants, while those from further south are resident. Spanish Sparrow is an extremely rare visitor to Britain, with just a handful of accepted records.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
209 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
209 records


209 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
209 records



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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 is too rarely reported to map distribution.

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 Spanish 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

Welsh: Golfan Sbaen
Catalan: pardal de passa
Czech: vrabec pokrovní
Danish: Spansk Spurv
Dutch: Spaanse Mus
Estonian: pajuvarblane
Finnish: pensasvarpunen
French: Moineau espagnol
German: Weidensperling
Hungarian: berki veréb
Icelandic: Spánarspör
Italian: Passera sarda
Latvian: melnkrušu zvirbulis, Spanijas zvirbulis
Lithuanian: ispaninis žvirblis
Norwegian: Middelhavsspurv
Polish: wróbel sródziemnomorski
Portuguese: pardal-espanhol
Slovak: vrabec obojkový
Slovenian: travniški vrabec
Spanish: Gorrión moruno
Swedish: spansk sparv

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