Passer melanurus

(Müller, 1776)

Vernacular names
English : Cape sparrow
French : Moineau mélanure

Classification
Class : Aves
Order : Passeriformes
Family : Passeridae
Notes : 3 subspecies known

Identification
Total length of 16 cm for a weight of 38 g. Male has white head with a conspicuous black mask extending to crown, chin and behind eyes. White lower breast and belly. Brown area on wings and lower back. Female is much duller.

Range and habitat
This species occurs in southern Africa, from extreme south-west Angola and Zimbabwe to most of South Africa. Lives in semi arid savannas, woodlands and cultivated areas.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species is very common throughout its range and has increased in cultivated areas, becoming a pest.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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