One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dark brown sparrow native to southern Africa.
Passer melanurus, family Passeridae (or Ploceidae)
- ‘On the open plains, larger birds such as the ostrich, secretary bird and kori bustard may be seen, while close to the buildings less shy species such as the Cape robin, Cape bulbul, Cape sparrow and house sparrow may occur.’
- ‘A male Cape Sparrow was seen outside the petrol station in Villiers.’
- ‘Cape sparrows can be found everywhere in South Africa.’
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