French: Grand Moineau German: Rostsperling Spanish: Gorrión grande
Other common names:
Southern Rufous Sparrow,
Great Rufous Sparrow
Hopetown, northern Cape Province; error = Motita, near Old Lakatoo, 135 miles [c. 215 km] north of Orange River, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. benguellensis
Lynes, 1926 – coastal SW Angola and Namibia.
P. m. motitensis
(A. Smith, 1836) – Botswana and N South Africa (N Northern Cape and North West Province).
P. m. subsolanus
Clancey, 1964 – SW Zimbabwe and N & C South Africa (Limpopo Province S to N & W Free State).
15–16 cm; 26–36 g. One of the largest sparrows, with bill slightly arched. Male nominate race has blue-grey crown and nape, black lores, a crescent-shaped... read more
Main call a twangy "cheeurr" or "wer-cheerr", fuller and rather deeper in tone... read more
Dry acacia (Acacia) savanna, frequenting trees; not associated with man.
Food and feeding
Seeds of grass and cultivated cereals. Nestling diet is animal food, with caterpillars (Lepidoptera) recorded. Less gregarious than most... read more
Season Sept–Feb; two broods. Solitary. Nest built by both sexes, free-standing ovoid about the size of a rugby football, domed, with... read more
Nomadic, with post-breeding dispersal.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon in South Africa; somewhat uncommon elsewhere and generally local. Density in Botswana and N South Africa (N Limpopo... read more
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