French: Moineau de Swainson German: Swainsonsperling Spanish: Gorrión de Swainson
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, N Somalia, E South Sudan and N Kenya; recorded in N Sudan (Port Sudan)#R.
16 cm; 27–35 g. Head, neck and underparts are darkish grey, except for small white patch on belly; indistinct paler patch on throat; mantle and back dull brown, rump... read more
Call of male at nest "chirrip" or "chiri-up", similar to that of P. griseus... read more
Found in all habitats other than dense forest, from open country with bush and scrub to cultivated... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds of grasses and cultivated cereals, but no detailed study available. Young fed mainly with insects. Recorded feeding on flowers... read more
Breeds at all times of year, coinciding with rains in different parts of range. Nest domed, with entrance at side, an untidy bundle of... read more
Nomadic outside breeding season, flocks roaming in search of food, but no regular pattern of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common in almost whole of range; uncommon in Sudan. Apparently little current change in numbers.
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