French: Bruant de Somalie German: Somaliammer Spanish: Escribano somalí
Soddè, Shewa, Ethiopia
Locally from E & S Ethiopia and Somalia, also extreme SE South Sudan and NE Uganda, S through Kenya to NE Tanzania.
14–15 cm; 14–18 g. Male has head striped black and white, including prominent white median crownstripe (white stripes may be washed brown in fresh plumage); hindneck grey,... read more
Male song a series of 4–6 ringing whistles, “tswit, tsuwee tsuwee tsuwee”, shorter and less... read more
Semi-arid and arid acacia (Acacia) scrub; to 2000 m in Ethiopian Rift Valley and to 1500 m... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly grass seeds; also some soft green leaves and insects, including termites (Isoptera), beetle larvae (Coleoptera) and moths (... read more
Little known. Season mainly Apr–Jun (rarely Sept) in Ethiopia, Somalia and N Kenya, and Nov–Jan in S Kenya and Tanzania. Nest a cup of... read more
Presumably mostly resident. Occasionally attracted to lights at night in Kenya, and one... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in most of fragmented range. Density 1 bird/ha in Tsavo East National Park, in Kenya.
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