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Swahili Sparrow

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AdultPhoto by volker sthamerLake Manyara, Tanzania, September 2017
Photo by volker sthamer
Lake Manyara, Tanzania, September 2017
Passer suahelicus


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto by volker sthamerBurunge, Tanzania, September 2017
Photo by volker sthamer
Burunge, Tanzania, September 2017

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

[edit] 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.

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] 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.

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on seeds.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Movements

A resident species with some local movements during rains.

[edit] 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
  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

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