Great Sparrow

This is a 15–16 cm long sparrow superficially like a large House Sparrow. It has a grey crown and rear neck and rufous upperparts.

The Great Sparrow is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Great Sparrow War was over. Mao declared victory and called the whole thing off. Mostly, the Chinese were killing Tree Sparrows, close relatives of House Sparrows. Tree Sparrows and humans probably started associating with one another about 10,000 years before Mao. It was around that time that humans in the Yellow River Valley began rice farming. It was also when people in the fertile crescent of the Middle East switched from hunting and gathering to farming wheat. More

Great Sparrow Campaign pulls its name from Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward — which resulted in millions of deaths through famine — and examines our society's obsession with control and order. Kendall's large-format paintings depict a mistrust of institutional authority and rail against humans' encroachment on their surroundings. The Foundations represents mankind with cylindrical, metallic forms featuring grotesque, puppet-like faces. These figures nonchalantly steal the earth beneath our feet in a stylised interplay of the possessive, destructive nature of the modern world. More

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This story about Chairman Mao's Great Sparrow war is very heartbreaking and touching!, September 24, 2009 By D. Fowler "Dragonfly77" (Vermont) - See all my reviews (TOP 500 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME) (VINE VOICE) This review is from: Sparrow Girl (Hardcover) The Chinese were declaring war against the sparrows, claiming they were their enemies. Ming-Li's Older Brother had a basket of firecrackers to frighten them away with, but Ming-Ling was upset because she liked sparrows. More

* Great Sparrow, Passer motitensis * Kenya Sparrow, Passer rufocinctus * Kordofan Sparrow, Passer cordofanicus * Shelley's Sparrow, Passer shelleyi * Socotra Sparrow, Passer insularis * Cape Sparrow, Passer melanurus * Grey-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus More

Distribution of Great sparrow in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2. Food It mainly eats seeds and insects, foraging both on the ground and in tree foliage. More

Great Sparrow - Passer motitensis Grand Moineau = Grand Moineau Comment : This locally common species is endemic to South West Africa. They live in semi-arid acacias woodlands and dry thornveld. Cette espèce localement commune est endémique du Sud-ouest de l'Afrique. Ces oiseaux vivent dans les forêts d'acacias semi-arides, et dans les steppes épineuses sèches. More

Great Sparrow Passer motitensis WT000b female WT000a male Nylsvley area, South Africa; Oct 1993 home family list next species back to sparrow list More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Passeridae
Genus : Passer
Species : motitensis
Authority : Smith, 1836