French: Moineau sud-africain German: Damarasperling Spanish: Gorrión sudafricano
“North of the Orange river” = near Kuruman, Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. d. diffusus
(A. Smith, 1836) – W & S Angola E to SW & S Zambia, S to Namibia (except SW), Botswana, W Zimbabwe and W South Africa (except much of SW).
P. d. luangwae
Benson, 1956 – upper Luangwa Valley, in E Zambia.
P. d. mosambicus
van Someren, 1921 – SE Tanzania and N Mozambique.
P. d. stygiceps
Clancey, 1954 – SE Zambia, S Malawi, N & E Zimbabwe, C & S Mozambique, NE & E South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.
15–16 cm; 20–29·6 g. Nominate race has head and nape pale ash-grey, often with brownish tinge, underparts pale grey, becoming whitish on belly and vent;... read more
Call a repeated "chirp" or "chirrup", rather softer and more melodious than... read more
Open acacia (Acacia) woodland, frequently near settlements, and penetrates into built-up... read more
Food and feeding
Weed seeds and insects, also buds, berries and nectar; also scraps discarded by humans. Young fed mainly with insects, such as termites (... read more
Breeds in all months of year, coinciding with local rains; two broods. Mainly solitary, occasionally in loose colonies. Nest built by both... read more
Mainly sedentary; reports of large concentrations suggest local movement. Recent expansion of range... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread over most of relatively large range. Density in Swaziland 51 birds/100 ha. Has expanded its range since 1950s; in South Africa... read more
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