French: Cratérope écaillé German: Grauelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide árabe
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. squamiceps
(Cretzschmar, 1827) – extreme NE Egypt (Sinai), S Israel, and SW Jordan S to C Saudi Arabia.
A. s. yemensis
Neumann, 1904 – SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
A. s. muscatensis
(Meyer de Schauensee & Ripley, 1953) – E United Arab Emirates and N Oman.
Also (race unknown) E Yemen to S Oman.
26–29 cm. Fairly large, long-tailed, drab grey-brown Turdoides babbler with dark streaks and pale scaling on crown, back and neck side. Nominate race has crown... read more
Song of male, heard just before and after copulation, a high quiet warble; subsong variation given... read more
Small trees, thickets and bushy areas, including saltbush, acacia stands, date-palm groves and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of invertebrates, including crickets (Orthoptera), termites (Isoptera), ant-lion larvae (Myrmeleonidae), caterpillars, moths... read more
Feb–Jul in Israel, May in United Arab Emirates and Mar–Apr in Oman; up to four broods may be produced by one female per season... read more
Resident. In Israel, individuals may move only a few kilometres from their parental territories. In... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Local breeder in E Sinai, in Egypt. In Israel, locally fairly common from Dead Sea S into Negev Desert, numbers having expanded since 1950s in... read more
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