The Sind sparrow (Passer pyrrhonotus) is a bird of the sparrow family,
Passeridae, found around the Indus valley region in South Asia. Very
similar to the house sparrow, it is smaller and has distinguishing
plumage features. This species was long thought to be very closely
related to the house sparrow, but its closest evolutionary affinities
may lie elsewhere. The male has brighter plumage than female and young
birds; it has black markings, a grey crown, and a chestnut stripe
running down its head behind the eye. The female has a darker head than
other sparrow species do. Its main vocalisations are soft chirping calls
that are extended into longer songs. Within its Indus valley breeding
range in Pakistan and western India, the Sind sparrow is patchily
distributed in riverine and wetland habitats with thorny scrub and tall
grass. During the non-breeding season, some birds migrate into western
Pakistan and the extreme east of Iran. This fairly common species has
been expanding its range.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sind_sparrow>
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