Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Passer griseus

Grey-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Photographed at Eldoret, Kenya. April 2011.

The bill is conical and dark gray while the head is gray. Reddish brown on the back and pale gray chest. The several subspecies and varieties described in Birds of Kenya (Zimmerman et al.) are elevated to full species by some authorities. Casual observers might prefer to spend time differentiating the many more colorful species of birds native to Kenya. I believe the bird shown here is of the typical variety and is widespread in Kenya and much of Africa.

Passeridae -- Old World Sparrow Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 19 August 2011,
updated 30 Apr. 2016.