Tree sparrows Passer montanus, copyright Jimmy Palma Gil.

Belongs within: Passeroidea.

The Passeridae, Old World sparrows and snowfinches, are a family of small, stocky birds native to the Old World. They have a short, thick, conical bill with a decurved culmen, and short legs. Most are dull in coloration.

<==Passeridae [Passerinae, Passernia]
    |  i. s.: Pseudonigrita Reichenow 1903 JT12, B94 [Pseudonigritinae]
    |           |--P. arnaudi JT12
    |           `--P. cabanisi JT12
    |         Histurgops ruficaudus JT12
    |--‘Petronia’ brachydactyla JT12
    |--Hypocryptadius Hartert 1903 BKB15, B94 [Hypocryptadiidae]
    |    `--H. cinnamomeus BKB15
    `--+--+--Petronia Kaup 1829 QE06, M02
       |  |    |--P. petronia (Linnaeus 1766) [=Fringilla petronia] M02
       |  |    |--P. pyrgita JF06
       |  |    |--P. superciliaris JT12
       |  |    `--P. xanthocollis S02
       |  `--+--Onychostruthus taczanowskii [=Montifringilla taczanowskii, Pyrgilauda taczanowskii] QE06
       |     `--+--Montifringilla Brehm 1828 QE06, B94
       |        |    |--M. henrici [=M. nivalis henrici] QE06
       |        |    `--+--M. adamsi QE06
       |        |       `--M. nivalis QE06
       |        `--Pyrgilauda QE06
       |             |  i. s.: P. therease [=Montifringilla therease] QE06
       |             |--P. ruficollis [=Montifringilla ruficollis] QE06
       |             `--+--P. blanfordi [=Montifringilla blanfordi] QE06
       |                `--P. davidiana [=Montifringilla davidiana] QE06
       `--+--‘Petronia’ dentata BKB15
          `--Passer Brisson 1760 QE06, M02
               |  i. s.: P. arcuatus S66
               |         P. castanopterus JT12
               |         P. cordofanicus JT12
               |         P. diffusus JT12
               |         P. eminibey JT12
               |         P. euchlorus JT12
               |         P. gongonensis JT12
               |         P. griseus JT12
               |         P. hemileucus JT12
               |         P. iagoensis L81
               |         P. moabiticus JT12
               |         P. motitensis JT12
               |         P. pyrrhonotus JT12
               |         P. rufocinctus JT12
               |         P. shelleyi JT12
               |         P. simplex JT12
               |         P. suahelicus JT12
               |         P. swainsonii JT12
               |--+--P. ammodendri JT12
               |  `--+--P. griseus JT12
               |     `--P. melanurus JT12
               `--+--P. rutilans JT12
                  `--+--P. montanus (Linnaeus 1758) JT12, M02 [=Fringilla montana M02]
                     |    |--P. m. montanus L81
                     |    |--P. m. catellatus L81
                     |    |--P. m. dilutus L81
                     |    |--P. m. malaccensis L81
                     |    `--P. m. saturatus L81
                     `--+--P. luteus BKB15
                        `--+--P. flaveolus BKB15
                           `--+--P. insularis JT12
                              `--+--P. hispaniolensis BKB15
                                 `--+--*P. domesticus (Linnaeus 1758) CC10, JT12, MOW02 [=Fringilla domestica GQ01]
                                    |    |--P. d. domesticus L81
                                    |    |--P. d. arboreus L81
                                    |    |--P. d. bactrianus L81
                                    |    |--P. d. indicus L81
                                    |    |--P. d. niloticus L81
                                    |    `--P. d. rufidorsalis L81
                                    `--P. italiae JF06

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[S66] Sclater, P. L. 1866. Report on birds collected at Windvogelberg, South Africa, by Capt. G. E. Bulger, C. M. Z. S. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 21–23.

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