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Sistan (Afghan) Scrub Sparrow Passer (moabiticus) yatii: Notes on Common Name, Status and Threats

Ayé, R. and Roth, T. and Saiam, I. S. and Stalling, T.. (2012) Sistan (Afghan) Scrub Sparrow Passer (moabiticus) yatii: Notes on Common Name, Status and Threats. Podoces, Vol. 7, H. 1/2. pp. 54-58.

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Abstract

We searched for the Sistan Scrub Sparrow Passer (moabiticus) yatii in the wetlands on the Iranian side of the Sistan basin during a visit to Iran in December 2010. At least 300 Sistan Scrub Sparrows were found in the dry basin of the Hamoun-e Saberi lake. No Sistan Scrub Sparrows were found at the Chah Nimeh water reservoir, along the River Hirmand on the Afghan border and at an irrigated site near Zahak. The habitat changes caused by extreme droughts in the range of the Sistan Scrub Sparrow in recent decades are discussed. Given the small range of the species, local changes in its habitat could have devastating effects. In addition, the common name of the species is discussed. We suggest that the species be called Sistan Scrub Sparrow instead of the previous names Afghan Scrub Sparrow or Yate’s Sparrow.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Zoologie > Evolutionary Biology (Ebert)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Zoologie > Behavioural Ecology (Amrhein)
UniBasel Contributors:Roth, Tobias
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:WESCA Wildlife Network and Bird Conservation Society of Iran
ISSN:1735-6725
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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