French: Moineau du Cap-Vert German: Kapverdensperling Spanish: Gorrión de Cabo Verde
Other common names:
São Tiago, Cape Verde Islands
Cape Verde Is (all main islands except Fogo), off W Africa.
12·5–13 cm. Small compact sparrow. Male breeding has forehead, crown and lores blackish, supraloral line whitish, narrow black line behind eye, nape to mantle... read more
Call of male a twangy "cheesp", "chew-weep" or "chew-leep", used to... read more
Typically in dry lava plains to coastal cliffs, but extending also into cultivated land and built-... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds of small plants, including grasses and cultivated cereals; also domestic scraps in urban areas. Nestlings fed with... read more
Season Sept–Mar, associated with rains. In loose colonies. Nest domed, with entrance at side, constructed from thin plant stems,... read more
Mainly sedentary; presumably some dispersal that replenishes populations on smaller islands, which... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cape Verde Islands EBA. Common and widespread in its limited range. Sporadic on some of the smaller islands, e.g... read more
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