A drab sparrow of East Africa, gray with brown wings and a bright rufous rump and shoulder. Generally common within its range in savanna, in cultivated areas, and around human habitation. Very similar to Northern Gray-headed Sparrow, but separated by darker underparts, less contrasting pale throat, and grayer back. Also very similar to Parrot-billed Sparrow, but slightly smaller and slimmer-billed with paler underparts. The call is a husky “churp” and the song a series of similar notes.