French: Moineau gris German: Graukopfsperling Spanish: Gorrión gris
Other common names:
Common Grey-headed Sparrow
United States; error = Senegal
Subspecies and Distribution
P. g. griseus
(Vieillot, 1817) – Senegal and S Mauritania E to Ivory Coast and to C & S Sudan, S to N Gabon and extreme N Central African Republic; also Bioko.
P. g. laeneni
Niethammer, 1955 – E Mali and Burkina Faso E to W Sudan (Darfur), S to N Cameroon.
P. g. ugandae
Reichenow, 1904 – N Eritrea, W Ethiopia and SE Sudan S to S Gabon, Angola, extreme N Namibia, Zambia, NW & N Zimbabwe, Malawi and C & NE Tanzania.
14–15 cm; 18–43 g. Nominate race has head and neck ash-grey, mantle and upper back grey-brown, lower back and rump dull chestnut, shoulder cinnamon-red; upperwing... read more
Call of male at nest a variety of harsh chirps, transcribed variously as "chip", "chirp", "cheerp"... read more
Commonly associated with cultivation and human habitations, also in grassland savanna and light... read more
Food and feeding
Largely granivorous, taking seeds of grasses and cultivated cereals; also small fruits; in urban habitats takes household scraps. Nestlings... read more
Breeds in all months of year, coinciding with local rains, but prolonged in areas with irrigated cultivation; normally three broods.... read more
Nomadic outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range. Density in Nigeria (S Aïr) reported as 5 birds/ha. Species is currently spreading to E & SE.
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