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Saxaul Sparrow

Passer ammodendri nigricans (Stepanyan, 1961)

Саксаульный воробей | Сексеуіл торғайы

Bura, Southern Trans-Balkhash area
© Askar Isabekov


The upper parts background color is more ashy-grey, less buff-greyish; the black neck strip is broader and continues onto upper part of the mantle; the longitudinal black streaks on the mantle are broader and more on numbers than on ammodendri. Male wing length 77.3-83.0 (80.2) mm.


Breeds in area south adjoined to Balkhash lake (from lower Ile river up to Aksu delta), in Ile valley and neighbour areas upwards to Borokhudzir. On migration occurs in highlands of Kirgizskiy Alatau, in Chu valley (at Staryy Baytal), in northern Muyunkum desert, at southern shore of Balkhash lake and in Karatal valley. Observed in winter on Issyk-Kul lake.


Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. "Птицы Казахстана" том 5. "Наука". Алма-Ата, 1974. А.Ф.Ковшарь "Певчие птицы". Алма-Ата, "Кайнар", 1983. "Жизнь Животных" том 5. Птицы. Москва. "Просвещение", 1970.


relative taxons

Passer ammodendri
(Gould, 1872)
Passer ammodendri ammodendri
(Gould, 1872)

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unidentified birds


Анна Ясько: Здесь можно только гадать, виден только фрагмент птицы и то не четко. Может молодой халей, может нет.


Андрей Коваленко: Но я то про чернушку...


Ирина Рекуц: Спасибо, Игорь!

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