female spanish sparrow in Jalu
However many of the female spanish sparrow looked very strange to me. They have a supercilium in the shape of a full pair of spectacles. I have never seen any like them before! Many of the juveniles have a similar but less developed feature.
female spanish sparrow eating a date, Jalu
Yet the males look more normal to me. The one below is also eating a date.
male spanish sparrow eating a date
Below is a picture of the profile of a male spanish sparrow. The white supercilium is a little bolder than the average but not that different from the norm.
profile of male spanish sparrow
Desert grey shrike is very common in Jalu.I wonder how many baby sparrows are taken by them for food. I once saw one being flown off to a larder by a desert grey shrike in Tripoli. It was not a happy sight.
shrike next to sparrow
I don't think the flock of spanish sparrow in Amer's (my host) garden were too happy with the close attention of this desert grey shrike.
I gave the spanish sparrow much more attention myself than usual because I really was fascinated by the strange head pattern.