French: Moineau d’Arabie German: Jemengoldsperling Spanish: Gorrión árabe
“Abyssinia, Arabia“= Kunfuda, Arabia
SW tip of Arabian Peninsula (SW Saudi Arabia, W Yemen), and Djibouti and extreme coastal NW Somalia.
12–13 cm; 12–17 g. Male is golden-yellow, except for paler yellow upperwing-coverts with greyish inner webs, black flight-feathers with whitish edges, small... read more
Soft, disyllabic, high-pitched chirp, similar to that of P. luteus. Flocks utter... read more
Arid thornbush savanna and nearby cultivated land.
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses and cultivated cereals, especially millet; little recorded. Highly gregarious, forages in small flocks; larger flocks,... read more
Breeding probably associated with rains, recorded in Mar–Jul in Yemen and Mar–May in Djibouti. Highly colonial, with 20–... read more
Mainly sedentary; small local movements in non-breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Largely dependent on cultivated crops; not directly controlled by man, but breeding area may be abandoned after a few years, the birds moving... read more
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