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Gray-headed Sparrow

The Gray-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus), is a breeding bird found in much of tropical Africa. It occurs in a wide range of open habitats, including open woodlands and human habitation. It is mainly resident in its range, but there is some seasonal migration, and flocks of up to 50 birds form outside the breeding season.

The adult Gray-headed Sparrow has a pale gray head with a white mustache stripe, pale brown upperparts, whitish underparts and chestnut wings with a small white shoulder patch. The sexes are similar, but young birds are slightly duller and lack the white wing patch. There are three subspecies, differing in plumage tone, especially with regard to the darkness of the head.

It builds a cup nest in trees, thatch, or old nests of other birds; 2″“4 eggs are laid. This species feeds principally on seeds and grain, like other sparrows, but will readily take insects including termites, especially when feeding young. The calls include cheeps and chirps, and the typical sparrow churring alarm call.

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Gray-headed Sparrow


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