Italian Sparrow split accepted – a new lifer

It’s been a while I have been waiting for a split of the italian race of House Sparrow (Passer domesticus italiae). Now the International Ornitholgists’ Union (formerly IOC) has officially accepted the split and raised the subspecies to a species level as published in the update V3.3 on the IOU’s website. The Italian Sparrow (Passer italiae) split is another example of hybrid speciation and probably more will come.

Male Italian Sparrow in Cornino, Italy.

Male Italian Sparrow in Cornino, Italy.

Male Italian Sparrow at the Mediterranean coastline at Viareggio, Italy.

Male Italian Sparrow at the Mediterranean coastline at Viareggio, Italy. Images were taken by a Nikon CoolPix V1 compact camera.

I have seen this species for several times in northern Italy (Cornino) and western coastal Italy (Viareggio).

This species became my 2,179th lifer.

This is a way better photo of an Italian Sparrow by my Italian friend and bird photographer, Daniele Occhiato.

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