French: Moineau swahili German: Suahelisperling Spanish: Gorrión swahili
Passer griseus suahelicus
Bussissi, Mwanza district, northern Tanzania
S Kenya and N Tanzania S, patchily, to SW Tanzania.
15–16 cm; 20–30 g. Head and neck to back and underparts are greyish-brown, rump chestnut-red; upperwing and tail brown, chestnut-red shoulder, white tips of... read more
Song described as a varied medley of soft calls, e.g. "chup chu-weew chop wor chu-weet chip... read more
Grassland with scattered trees and light woodland, particularly near water, also cultivated land... read more
Food and feeding
Few data. Mainly seeds; also takes scraps near villages, and around lodges of game parks. Recorded feeding on insects.
Jan–May, apparently coinciding with rains. Nest an untidy domed structure, tunnel entrance at side, placed in hole in tree or house,... read more
Resident; local movements during rains.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common. Poorly known species; requires study.
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