A bird drinking on a stream.

A bird drinking on a stream.
Species: Yemen Linnet   Linaria yemenensis
Author: Hanne and Jens Eriksen
Added to IBC: 12 Aug 2012 - 09:18
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Altitude (m): 
2847 meters
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Published in HBW Volume 15 on page 489 (above).
Original HBW caption:
Mountain streams and irrigated cultivation provide water for the Yemen Linnet, which is endemic to the Asir Mountains of south-west Saudi Arabia and the highlands of southern and western Yemen. But the die-back of mature trees in some areas indicates that climate change may be resulting in reduced rainfall. Finches in arid environments can meet some of their needs by metabolizing water from their food. Desert populations of the House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) in California, USA, have been found to regulate their water use more economically than populations with better access to water.

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This is the most up-to-date checklist of bird species and subspecies recorded in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, including Iran and the Arabian Peninsula – the ‘greater’ Western Palearctic. Species are presented in systematic order, and each species entry includes scientific and English names, taxonomic notes, distribution and range/vagrancy occurrences within the region.


Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005299. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005299.

Extended version
Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005299. Photo of Yemen Linnet Linaria yemenensis at Kawkaban, Yemen. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005299.

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