Kenya Rufous Sparrow (Passer rufocinctus) aka Rufous Sparrow
Appearance Kenya Rufous Sparrows are small, 5.5" (14cm) birds. The male is grey on top of the head and cheeks. A crescent of rufous circles the outer cheek. A black streak runs down his throat and black circles his eyes. He is rufous on top, with black streaks on his back. His underparts are off-white. The female is similar, but lacks the rufous crescent and her throat patch is smaller and grey. Both sexes have pink legs & feet, very pale yellow eyes and black bills.
Habits Kenya Rufous Sparrows are usually seen in pairs or small family groups after the breeding season.
Diet Kenya Rufous Sparrows eat seeds, insects and other small invertabrates.
Resident Kenya Rufous Sparrows are confiding birds and often seen around human habitation. Residents of the highland areas of Kenya, from Nairobi westwards to the Rift Valley, from as far north as Marsabit, down to Mara GR and south to Amboseli. They prefer bushed grasslands.
Extra Kenya Rufous Sparrow Facts Kenya Rufous Sparrows build their nests in tree holes or in the thatched roof of houses. Kenya Rufous Sparrows calls and songs are many, ranging from "psui", "sweet", "tssweep" and others.
Photographs Photographed at Kenya's Nairobi NP and Olare Orok Conservancy.
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