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From Erongo to Etosha


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/60, f/27.0, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Passeriformes   Family  Passeridae

Deutsch  Rostsperling Dutch  Roestmus
Italian  Passera rossiccia maggiore Spanish  Gorrión grande


The Great Sparrow differs from the House Sparrow by its bright rufous color of the back and rump (which is grey in the House Sparrow). The grey on the head extends on to the nape to form a collar. This sparrow is found in the dry savannas and seems to avoid close association with man. In Namibia, it is often paratized by the Diederik Cuckoo.

Jensen RAC . (1989): in The Complete Book of Southern African Birds, p 650.


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Great Sparrow
Passer motitensis
Grand Moineau

Jean-Michel PAULUS