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.
I have seen this species for several times in northern Italy (Cornino) and western coastal Italy (Viareggio).
This species became my 2,179th lifer.