(803) 15 cm; 26 g
Only sparrow in region with black head and distinctive white ‘C’
extending from eye, through ear coverts and down neck. Non-br M has
Plain (not streaked) upper-parts, pale greyish crown and nape, and
pale crescent on head.
Duller than F.
Common near-endemic; sedentary. Gregarious.
Arid and semi-arid woodland, both in suburban and rural regions.
Seeds, insects, fruit, plant material and nectar.
Mellow chreep, ehirreep, chirrichreep call notes.
Usually monogamous. Nest placed in shrub, tree, cavity, pipe or on
man-made structures. Host of Diderick Cuckoo.
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