French: Niverolle d’Afghanistan German: Afghanenerdsperling Spanish: Gorrión afgano
Other common names:
Shibar Pass, northern Afghanistan
C Afghanistan (Hindu Kush Mts); some migrate to S Turkmenistan; old records from S Tajikistan#R.
13·5–15 cm; 18–35 g. Dull ground-sparrow with long, pointed bill. Male is mainly greyish-brown, with darker streaking on mantle; black from lores and... read more
Little information. Calls include fast "zig zig", a sharp "tsi" alarm, and in flight a soft "kwaik".
Open stony ground, slopes in mountains, flat steppes, in winter also farmland; 2400–3000 m.
Food and feeding
Small seeds and insects; insects include weevils (Curculionidae) and ants (Formicidae). Forages on ground; runs extensively, digs with feet... read more
Season Jun. In loose colonies. Nest constructed mainly from animal fur and feathers, placed in hole of small rodent, mainly suslik (... read more
Resident; some descend in winter to lower altitudes, both to S and to N, reaching SE Turkmenistan.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Afghanistan Mountains Secondary Area. Common, but local.
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