French: Moineau de Shelley German: Nilsperling Spanish: Gorrión de Shelley
Other common names: White Nile Rufous Sparrow, Shelley's Sparrow, Shelley's Rufous Sparrow
Lado, southern South Sudan.
SE South Sudan, Uganda (mainly E), extreme W Kenya, S & E Ethiopia and NW Somalia.
13–15 cm. Male has pale blue-grey crown and nape to upper mantle, black lores, crescent-shaped chestnut band and thin black line from behind eye extending to side of... read more
Few details. Musical chirps and harsher scratchy calls reported.
Mainly open grassy savanna with trees, at 1000–1700 m, extending into semi-desert on the one... read more
Food and feeding
Little information. Feeds mainly on the ground, presumably on seeds and insects.
Sept–Nov and Mar–Jun. Breeds in small colonies. Nest built by both sexes, ovoid in shape, domed, with entrance on side, loosely... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Moderately common in Ethiopia, fairly common in Uganda, and rare in Kenya; uncommon to rare elsewhere.
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