French: Astrild barbe-rousse German: Jemenastrild Spanish: Estrilda árabe
SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
10 cm; one bird 8·5 g. Male has red lores and eyestripe; forehead to nape and upperparts greyish-brown, faintly barred on nape, more barred on mantle, back and... read more
Contact call and flight call a repeated hard buzzing "dzit", "dzeet", "... read more
Wadis and valleys, rocky hillsides with thick scrub or trees, weedy thickets, patches of reeds and... read more
Food and feeding
Small seeds of sedges (Cyperaceae), rushes (Juncaceae), grasses, including cereals, and herbs; recorded also as taking seeds in riverine... read more
Recently fledged juveniles seen and a bird carrying nest material in early May in S Yemen (Tarim). No other information.
Resident; some post-breeding wandering.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-west Arabian Mountains EBA. Fairly common. Seems to be dependent to a great extent on agriculture;... read more
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