White-browed Sparrow-weaver…. Cape sparrow…

These are two very descriptive names for two sparrows with very similar nesting habits. They both are social when it comes to building their nests and a good thorny acacia tree can be decorated with up to 50 of their untidy grass nests.

Males are normally monogamous and stay around for the whole breeding and raising period..

Cape Sparrows have been known to also nest in the eaves of buildings etc. and then become very similar in habitat and behaviour to the house sparrow…

These are largely overlooked birds in their specie group as they all just seem so common, yet if one sits and watches as they go about their daily operations, they can be seen to be very interesting…. always busy and on the go, very industrious as well…

Photos firstly of the White-browed….





and now the Cape Sparrow….

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46 thoughts on “White-browed Sparrow-weaver…. Cape sparrow…

  1. I just love watching birds and these little ones are very cute indeed. In the afternoon I see swifts flying low over the sugar cane plucking insects out of the air. I must get my camera out one day and see if I can capture them in action 🙂

  2. Remarkable photo… And I loved those words on the banner “Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt”.
    Very nice blog… Best regards, Aquileana 😀

    • Thanks LuAnn… it is one of the birds specie that I have often sat and just watched them go about their business… they are so innovating and busy and one can learn so much about birds from them…

  3. The white-browed sparrow looks more like our sparrows (although lighter) but the other one quite different. Your photos are really excellent and I love learning about all these different kinds of birds here! Have a great weekend Bulldog… 🙂

  4. Great shots of these fascinating birds.

    I’ve watched common House Sparrows here in Australia fly down off my side fence and peck my potted thyme to bits – not until later did I realise they were taking it away to line their nests, not eating it.

    • Thanks Vivki… the sparrow family is one of the easiest and most interesting of all birds to watch, they are never too worried about being watched…

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