A typical sparrow with a striped back, a gray crown and back of the neck, and a dark bib. There is rufous on the eye stripe, back, and rump. The sexes are similar, though males are brighter overall and show a blacker and more distinct bib. Found locally in dry thorn savanna and cultivated areas, sometimes around human habitation. Similar to House Sparrow, but easily separated by the bright rufous in the plumage. The call is a cheerful “chirp,” similar to that of other sparrows.