Wildlife in Italy: Passera lagia Petronia petronia Linnaeus, 1766

Wildlife in Italy: Passera lagia Petronia petronia Linnaeus, 1766

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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Kind: Petronia
Species: P. petronia Linnaeus, 1766

Even laPassera lagia (or Passero lagio), like almost all Sparrows, prefers to live in populated areas - including cities - not fearing the proximity of man. It adapts in any case to a variety of environments, from sea level up to 2,000 meters above sea level. The ideal habitat is represented by mountain districts well exposed to the south, consisting of lean pastures and stony grounds. Lives in southern Europe.

2 subspecies are known:
- Petronia petronia petronia
- Petronia petronia fulgens

Flounder - Petronia petronia (photo Pallotta Luigi)

Flounder - Petronia petronia

Flounder eggs - Petronia petronia
(Petronia petronia MHNT.ZOO.2007.11.210 by Didier Descouens - Own work. With CC BY-SA 4.0 license via Wikimedia Commons - jpg # / media / files: Petronia_petronia_MHNT.ZOO.2007.11.210.jpg)

Distinctive characters

Length: 15-17 cm
Wingspan: 28-32 cm
Weight: 24-37 grams

Male and female are practically identical in appearance, while the bright yellow spot on the chest differentiates this species from the other sparrows.


High-pitched and penetrating, the song of the Passera lagia resembles a rapid and accelerated "squeak", which is not difficult to hear at the farmhouses and ruined buildings where he loves to build his nest, on the edge of mountain villages. It also nests in the hollow of trees and among rocks. The female, after building the nest, lays 4-8 dirty white eggs with dark reddish spots and marks.

Video: Italy from the Peace of Lodi to Charles VIIIs invasion 1454-1494 (May 2022).