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Cape Sparrow - BirdForum Opus

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Passer melanurus
Photo by Mybs

Other Names

Deutsch: Kapsperling; Afrikaans: Gewone Mossie


14 - 16 cm and 29 g. Head black with broad white semicircles from behind eyes to side of throat. Nape and mantle greyish, merging into rufous or chestnut back and rump.


The Cape Sparrow lives in dry areas of Southern Africa like the arid and semi-arid savanna, dry woodland along drainage lines and seasonal watercourses.


Forages mainly by hopping on ground, but also takes fruits, seeds and nectar directly from plants.


The Cape Sparrow nests singly, or in loose colonies of up to 100 pairs, with up to 15 active nests in one tree. Nests thickly lined with feathers or soft plant material. Laying dates usually from August to March.

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