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Northern grey-headed sparrow

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Northern grey-headed sparrows (Passer griseus) often inhabit woodland and savannah. Pairs and small groups are common although flocks of over 50 form in the non-breeding season. Often observed with firefinches, waxbills, queleas, indigo birds and weavers.

Distribution: Reports range from Ruacana and in the very eastern ranges of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Forages on the ground and in bushes and trees, or the inside of buildings and sheds for mainly grass seeds and small fruits. Some insects are taken such as beetles and caterpillars.

Description: Predominately grey bird with dark brown flight feathers and underparts, a white chin and throat and a black bill.

Breeding: From 2 to 7 glossy, oval eggs are laid from July to September in a grass nest lined with feathers. Incubation is for 16 days.

Size: 16cm. Weight: 39g.

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