- Written by Rajnish Khare
- Published: 29 Jun 2017
Scientific Name : Gymnoris xanthocollis
Spotting Locations in Bhopal : Laharpur Ecological Park
Last Spotting Date and Location : 25th June 2017, Laharpur Ecological Park
Seasonality in Bhopal : Resident
Size : 13.5 cm
Red Status : Least Concerned
Voice : Chirp, is similar to House Sparrow.
Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia or Yellow Throated Sparrow is the bird that transformed Dr Salim Ali from an ordinary boy to a Birder. The looks though similar to a sparrow yet different owing to the finer bill and uniform brownish gray head and upper parts. Male's have a small yellow patch in their throat which is very pale or invisible in females. Juveniles are similar to females.
They are normally found in the low hanging tree branches and shrubs across India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Their sound is almost similar to that of a house sparrow.
Rock Sparrow, Tibetan Snowfinch, White-rumped Snowfinch, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, Blanford's Snowfinch
Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia is a resident of planes of India, Pakistan, and Nepal. This passerine loves to remain in forests, gardens, and scrubs. Outside the subcontinent, it is found as far as Turkey to Myanmar. In Bhopal, it is a common occurrence in outskirts and is not limited to any particular forests.
Chestnut Shouldered Petronia feeds mainly on grains from cultivation feeds, small insects, Berries, and Nectars.
Breeding period of Yellow Throated Sparrow is from April to July. They are normally a hole-nesting bird mostly utilising holes left by woodpeckers and barbets. The nest building and incubation are solely done by females. Eggs hatch in approximately 2 weeks.