Swahili Sparrow / Passer suahelicus

Swahili Sparrow / Passer suahelicus

Swahili Sparrow

SCI Name:  Passer suahelicus
Protonym:  Passer griseus suahelicus Vog.Afr. 3 pt1 p.231
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Passeridae /
Taxonomy Code:  swaspa1
Type Locality:  Bussissi [Mwanza district, Tanganyika Territory].
Publish Year:  1904
IUCN Status:  


(Passeridae; Ϯ House Sparrow P. domesticus) L. passer, passeris  sparrow; "Rostro in apicem crassum & brevem exeunte; { Rostri basi capiti latitudine multo cedente. . . . . .Passer. Genus 33.   ...   XXXIII. Genus Passerinum.  Le genre du Moineau.  ...  1. LE MOINEAU FRANC  ...  PASSER DOMESTICUS.  ...  Ils se nourrissent de graines & d'Insectes. Ils font leur nid dans les trous des murs." (Brisson 1760): based on "Passer" and "Passer domesticus" of many authors (Brisson lists over 20 species and forms of 'Moineau'); "Passer Brisson, 1760, Orn., 1, p. 36 [; 3, p. 71]. Type, by subsequent designation (Gray, 1840, List Gen. Birds, ed. 1, p. 46), Fringilla domestica Linnaeus." (Greenway in Peters 1962, XV, 8).  No thanks to positive introduction, the House Sparrow, with a natural Palaearctic and western Indomalayan range, is now found throughout the world as a commensal of man. If the New Zealand wrens (Acanthisittiformes) and the tyrants and allies (Subosciniformes) are separated from the Passeriformes sens. lat. the remaining species could be titled Osciniformes.
Synon. Ammopasser, Auripasser, Caffropasser, Chrysospiza, Corospiza, Leucophrya, Megapasser, Pseudostruthus, Pyrgita, Pyrgitopsis, Salicipasser, Sorella.

L. passer, passeris  sparrow.

suahelensis / suahelica / suahelicum / suahelicus / suahelicuus
Swahili, originally a name given to the peoples of Zanzibar and the adjacent mainland coast  < Arabic sawāhil  coasts.