Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Magnifying the passion for nature. Zeiss Victory Harpia 95. New!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Personal tools
Main Categories

Swahili Sparrow

From Opus

(Difference between revisions)
Revision as of 13:45, 4 December 2017 (edit)
Deliatodd-18346 (Talk | contribs)
(Picture added (juvenile))
← Previous diff
Revision as of 23:02, 4 December 2017 (edit) (undo)
Deliatodd-18346 (Talk | contribs)
(Basic tidy-up, Links. References updated)
Next diff →
Line 3: Line 3:
;[[: Category:Passer|Passer]] suahelicus ;[[: Category:Passer|Passer]] suahelicus
==Identification== ==Identification==
-15 - 16cm. +15 - 16cm (6-6¼ in)
* Greyish-brown head, neck, back and underparts * Greyish-brown head, neck, back and underparts
* Brown upperwing and tail * Brown upperwing and tail
Line 17: Line 17:
Generally common but a poorly known species. Generally common but a poorly known species.
==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
-A monotypic species.<br />+This is a [[Dictionary_M-S#M|monotypic]] species<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>.<br />
-Forms a superspecies with [[Northern Grey-headed Sparrow]], [[Swainson's Sparrow]], [[Parrot-billed Sparrow]] and [[Southern Grey-headed Sparrow]]. All are often treated as conspecific.+Forms a [[Dictionary_P-S#S|superspecies]] with [[Northern Grey-headed Sparrow]], [[Swainson's Sparrow]], [[Parrot-billed Sparrow]] and [[Southern Grey-headed Sparrow]]. All are often treated as [[Dictionary_A-C#C|conspecific]].
==Habitat== ==Habitat==
Grassland with some trees and light woodland. Occurs up to 2000m. Grassland with some trees and light woodland. Occurs up to 2000m.
==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
-Feeds mainly on seeds.<br />+====Diet====
-Breeding season January to May, coinciding with rains. The nest is an untidy dome with a side entrance. It's placed in a hole in a tree or a house. May also use old nests of swallows. No other information.<br />+Feeds mainly on seeds.
 +====Breeding====
 +Breeding season January to May, coinciding with rains. The nest is an untidy dome with a side entrance. It's placed in a hole in a tree or a house. May also use old nests of swallows. No other information.
 +====Movements====
A resident species with some local movements during rains.<br /> A resident species with some local movements during rains.<br />
==References== ==References==
-#{{Ref-Clements6thDec09}}#{{Ref-HBWVol14}}+#{{Ref-Clements6thAug17}}#{{Ref-HBWVol14}}
{{ref}} {{ref}}
==External Links== ==External Links==
{{GSearch|Swahili+Sparrow}} {{GSearch|Swahili+Sparrow}}
[[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Passer]] [[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Passer]]

Revision as of 23:02, 4 December 2017

JuvenilePhoto by volker sthamerBurunge, Tanzania, September 2017
Juvenile
Photo by volker sthamer
Burunge, Tanzania, September 2017
Passer suahelicus

Contents

Identification

15 - 16cm (6-6¼ in)

  • Greyish-brown head, neck, back and underparts
  • Brown upperwing and tail
  • Chestnut-red shoulder
  • Small white wing-bar
  • Sometimes paler greyish area on throat
  • Blackish-horn bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are very similar too but they lack the white wing-bar

Similar Species

Very similar to Parrot-billed Sparrow, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow and Swainson's Sparrow. Compared to Grey-headed Sparrow note the grey-brown more or less uniform mantle. It's also darker below than Northern Grey-headed Sparrow.

Distribution

Found in southern Kenya, northern Tanzania and patchily into southwest Tanzania.
Generally common but a poorly known species.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Forms a superspecies with Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Swainson's Sparrow, Parrot-billed Sparrow and Southern Grey-headed Sparrow. All are often treated as conspecific.

Habitat

Grassland with some trees and light woodland. Occurs up to 2000m.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds mainly on seeds.

Breeding

Breeding season January to May, coinciding with rains. The nest is an untidy dome with a side entrance. It's placed in a hole in a tree or a house. May also use old nests of swallows. No other information.

Movements

A resident species with some local movements during rains.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

External Links

Advertisement

£100 Cashback on Opticron DBA VHD Binoculars. Click to find out more.

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.30058599 seconds with 6 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 14:50.