French: Outarde arabe German: Arabertrappe Spanish: Avutarda árabe
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. lynesi
(Bannerman, 1930) – W Morocco (probably extinct).
A. a. stieberi
(Neumann, 1907) – SW Mauritania and Senegambia E to NE Sudan, W Eritrea and extreme NW Ethiopia#R.
A. a. butleri
(Bannerman, 1930) –
South Sudan; five records in NW Kenya#R#R.
A. a. arabs
(Linnaeus, 1758) – N & E Eritrea, NE Ethiopia, Djibouti and extreme NW Somalia; SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
Male c. 100 cm, 5700–10,000 g; female c. 75cm, 4500 g. Back, wings and central tail sandy brown with fine black markings, white flecking on folded wing; some broad... read more
Rather silent, but gives a rasping or honking croak "pah-pah" during displays and muffled... read more
Semi-desert and open grassy plains, arid bush country, savanna, Acacia parkland, and... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly grasshoppers, but also locusts when swarming, and beetles, bugs, crickets, caterpillars and other invertebrates, as well as small... read more
Season linked to warmer periods in Palearctic fringes, thus Apr–Jun in Morocco and Arabia, although display noted Oct–Nov in... read more
Unclear. In Sahel zone, migrates at 150–450 m above ground, in flocks, sometimes with ... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Widespread in very poorly documented areas, so might still be common in many places; however, in more... read more
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