French: Moineau doré German: Braunrücken-Goldsperling Spanish: Gorrión dorado
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Dongola, northern Sudan
Narrow band in Sahel zone from Mauritania and N Senegal E to Red Sea coast of Sudan and Eritrea; also S Western Sahara, but breeding unrecorded#R.
12–13 cm; 11–16 g. Male has golden-yellow head and underparts, often grey feather tips on ear-coverts; mantle, scapulars and back chestnut, rump yellowish-grey;... read more
Call of male at nest a disyllabic "chitta". Song a high-pitched chittering containing up to 20... read more
Arid sandy savannas with low density of trees and shrubs, and with seasonal ground cover of low... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily seeds of grasses and the smaller seeds of cultivated cereals such as millet; small amount of animal matter. Nestlings fed with... read more
Breeding opportunistic, coinciding with rains; one or two broods. Highly colonial; in dispersed colonies of up to 65,000 nests, with... read more
Highly nomadic, occurrence coinciding with ripening of seeds, but less so in areas where irrigation... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant. Breeding range normally lies between 100 mm and 500 mm isohyets (rainfall contours), but in irrigated areas also below... read more
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