The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

Afrikaans name: Gryskopmossie

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

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While the House Sparrow is an introduced species in South Africa, the Southern Grey-headed Sparrow is indigenous to this country.

This sparrow has a warm reddish back and grey head which makes it an attractive, if not flashy, bird.

The Southern Grey-headed Sparrow prefers areas with trees such as woodlands. Although it can be found in gardens it is certainly not common in our cities.

The pair make their nest in a hole in a tree or man-made structure such as a building or pole.

The Southern Grey-headed Sparrow is found over most of South Africa. It only avoids the very dry areas along the western portion of the country.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 192

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 335

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 103

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 64

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 713

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 711

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 414

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 380

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 404

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 423

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 548

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 558

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 95

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 300

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 115

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 404

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 77

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 252

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 188

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 134

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 202

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 114

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 268

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 208

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 109

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 22

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 22

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 296

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