Alternative name: Iago Sparrow
- Passer iagoensis
13 cm in length with a wingspan of 17.5 to 20cm.
- Black crown, throat and eyestripe
- Grey nape
- Rufous sides to the head
- Whitish cheeks and underparts
- Reddish-brown upperparts with black streaks
Females are grey-brown above with dark streaks and whitish below. Juveniles are similar to females.
The female is very similar to the female of House Sparrow but has a more obvious pale stripe over the eye.
Lava plains, desert and dry scrub. Also extending into cultivated land and villages and towns. In the town of Mindelo breeds together with House Sparrow.
A gregarious species, usually encountered in flocks.
Feeds mainly on seeds of small plants and domestic scrap in urban areas. The nestlings are fed with caterpillars and grasshoppers.
Breeding season from September to March. The nest is made of grass, lined with hair and feathers and usually built in a hole in a cliff or wall. The female lays three to five eggs.
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- 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
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