Great Sparrow

Passer motitensis

This large sparrow spends time in dry, wooded savannah and can be best told from the smaller, house sparrow by its heavier bill and chestnut (not grey) rump.

We first laid eyes on these special sparrows in May 2012 while visiting Mokaikai in the Waterberg for the first time. A fairly reliable spot for this species, close to Gauteng, is the village of Kgomo Kgomo.

 

 


Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (female) / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (female) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 25 September 2016 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (female) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 25 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male & young) / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 01 February 2014 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016o-339 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 01 February 2014 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (male & young) / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 01 February 2014 Great Sparrow / Limpopo Lipadi, Botswana / August 2017 Great Sparrow (male) / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 24 September 2016 Great Sparrow (Motitensis) / Erongo Wilderness Camp, Central Namibia Great Sparrow (female) / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 01 February 2014 Great Sparrow (Motitensis) – female / Erongo Wilderness Camp, Central Namibia Great Sparrow (Subsolanus) – female / Mokaikai, Waterberg, South Africa
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