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.