French: Petit Moineau German: Buschsteinsperling Spanish: Gorrión chico
Other common names:
Ronga [=Abu Saad], on Blue Nile, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
G. d. dentata
(Sundevall, 1850) – S Mauritania and Senegambia E in Sahel zone and savanna belt (except S Niger) to S Sudan, South Sudan, W Ethiopia and N Eritrea; also SW Arabia (W Yemen).
G. d. buchanani
E. J. O. Hartert, 1921 – S Niger (Zinder Province E to L Chad).
13 cm; 16–21·5 g. Fairly small sparrow with relatively short tail and long conical bill. Male nominate race is mainly dark brown above, with grey crown separated... read more
Calls chirping; song slightly rolled "chru-chru-chru-chru-chru-chru-chru", similar to... read more
Dry and arid areas, wooded savanna to light woodland, and cultivated clearings in vicinity of towns... read more
Food and feeding
Small seeds and insects. Obtains food items both from the ground and by searching branches and leaves on trees. Spends most of time in... read more
Season Nov–Mar over most of range. Solitary. Nest cup-shaped, placed in hole in tree or post or crevice in tree, occasionally a... read more
Resident and local migrant, wandering widely outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in W of range; frequent to common in E, and locally abundant in Eritrea.
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