French: Bruant striolé German: Wüstenammer Spanish: Escribano estriado
Other common names:
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Ambukol, Nubia, Berber, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
E. s. striolata
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – Israel, S Jordan and Sinai Peninsula, Arabian Peninsula, S Iran, NE Afghanistan, Pakistan and NW India, and NE Sudan, Eritrea, N & C Ethiopia and N Somalia.
E. s. jebelmarrae
(Lynes, 1920) – NE Chad and W Sudan.
E. s. saturatior
(Sharpe, 1901) – C & S Sudan, SW Ethiopia and NW Kenya.
12–13 cm; 12–16 g. A small, slender bunting, smaller than E. cia and with more “scruffily” striped face; outer tail edged rufous (not white). Male nominate race has... read more
Male song, from low bush or rock, mainly in period before and during breeding, a short, stereotyped... read more
Rocky areas with arid scrub, usually near water. Typically less closely associated with human... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly seeds of grasses and herbs (e.g. Heliotropium), also occasional flowers, berries (Ziziphus) and insects.... read more
Season Mar–Jun, sometimes to Nov, timing and extent of breeding linked to local rainfall; frequently two broods per season in Israel and up... read more
Resident and nomadic; subject to local movements after breeding, when small flocks wander outside... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common; often unobtrusive and easily overlooked. Annual numbers fluctuate in Israel; this linked to rainfall, numbers falling during droughts... read more
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