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Alternative name: Emin Bey's Sparrow
10.5 - 11.5cm (4-4Â½ in)
Juveniles are similar to females but paler.
Dry acacia savanna, often near swamps and human habitation. Occurs up to 2200m.
Feeds on seeds of grasses and weeds. Nestlings are fed with insects.
The breeding season coincides with rains and can take place at any time of year. A colonial breeder, sometimes in singe-species colonies but often in mixed ccolonies with Speke's Weaver, Lesser Masked Weaver and/or Grey-capped Social Weaver. The nest is an untidy globe with a side entrance made of grass. It's placed in a tree, often in an old nest of a Weaver. Also ejects original owner of the nest to take it over. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.
A nomadic species.
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