Family Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Least Concern

Chestnut Sparrow (Passer eminibey)


Taxonomy

French: Moineau d’Emin German: Maronensperling Spanish: Gorrión castaño
Taxonomy:

Sorella Emini Bey

Hartlaub

, 1880,

Lado, southern South Sudan

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Formerly placed in a monotypic genus, Sorella. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Sudan, N & S South Sudan, Ethiopia (Rift Valley), N & NE Uganda and much of Kenya S to NE, C & E Tanzania; also recently recorded, probably breeding, in C Chad#R#R.

Descriptive notes

10·5–11·5 cm; 12–17 g. Male is dark chestnut, becoming darker and browner on face; blackish-brown wing and tail with chestnut edges, small pale... read more

Voice

Song thin, high-pitched "tchiweeza tchiweeza tchi-tchi-tchi-tchi see-see-see-see-seerichi... read more

Habitat

Dry acacia (Acacia) savanna near swamps or habitations, up to 2200 m.

Food and feeding

Mostly granivorous, taking seeds of grasses and weeds; also household scraps. Nestlings fed with insects, including small beetles (... read more

Breeding

Breeding coincides with rains and can take place at any time of year, apparently stimulated by breeding activity of weavers (Ploceidae).... read more

Movements

Nomadic, wandering extensively in large flocks outside breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Local, but common.

Recommended citation

Summers-Smith, D. (2019). Chestnut Sparrow (Passer eminibey). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60949 on 19 August 2019).