Family Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Least Concern

Swahili Sparrow (Passer suahelicus)


Taxonomy

French: Moineau swahili German: Suahelisperling Spanish: Gorrión swahili
Taxonomy:

Passer griseus suahelicus

Reichenow

, 1904,

Bussissi, Mwanza district, northern Tanzania

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Part of the “P. griseus group”; see remarks under that species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Kenya and N Tanzania S, patchily, to SW Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Song described as a varied medley of soft calls, e.g. "chup chu-weew chop wor chu-weet chip... read more

Habitat

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.

Breeding

Jan–May, apparently coinciding with rains. Nest an untidy domed structure, tunnel entrance at side, placed in hole in tree or house,... read more

Movements

Resident; local movements during rains.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common. Poorly known species; requires study.

Recommended citation

Summers-Smith, D. (2019). Swahili Sparrow (Passer suahelicus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60943 on 7 December 2019).