Family Old World Buntings (Emberizidae)

Vulnerable

Socotra Bunting (Emberiza socotrana)


Taxonomy

French: Bruant de Socotra German: Sokotraammer Spanish: Escribano de Socotora
Taxonomy:

Fringillaria socotrana

Ogilvie-Grant and H. O. Forbes

, 1899,

Adho Dimellus, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Socotra

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Sometimes placed in genus Fringillaria. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Socotra I.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 13–16 g. Male has striking head pattern of black and white stripes; grey-brown mantle streaked blackish-brown, back pale grey with blackish chevrons,... read more

Voice

Male song a clear “tseeto tee too” or “tseit tsoo tsee tsoo”. Juvenile gives high-pitched “tseeep”.

Habitat

Favours rocky hill slopes with relatively dense grass and shrub vegetation; sometimes found close... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly grass seeds. Forages on ground; also takes seeds direct from grass-heads. In small flocks in non-breeding season.

Breeding

Little known; nest undescribed. Breeds during winter rains: males singing in late Nov through to Feb, female with brood patch in Feb, and... read more

Movements

Resident, with some movement to lower elevations outside the breeding season.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Socotra EBA. Rare and local. Considered at risk because of its tiny global range (c. 310 km²), low density and patchy... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2017). Socotra Bunting (Emberiza socotrana). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/61878 on 25 September 2017).