French: Bruant cendrillard German: Grauortolan Spanish: Escribano ceniciento
#R, Kurgos Island, c. 17° N, River Nile, Sudan
SW Albania, most of Greece, Crete, much of coastal W & S Turkey, Cyprus, W Syria, Lebanon, W Jordan, N Israel and Palestine; possibly also NW Iraq. Winters in Sudan both on coast and along Nile Valley and (at least formerly) Eritrea; some reported in S Egypt and NW & SW Saudi Arabia.
16 cm; 18·5–23·5 g. Male breeding has grey-blue hood, breast and malar stripe, contrasting orange-rufous lores, chin, throat and submoustachial stripe,... read more
Song, from prominent rock, tree or bush, a short phrase of 3 or 4 notes, “dziree-dziree-... read more
For breeding favours coastal habitats, including small islands, with boulder-strewn hillsides,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet little studied, but known to consist of wide variety of small seeds, especially of grasses (Poaceae); some invertebrates also taken,... read more
Eggs reported from mid-Apr to mid-Jun in Greece and Cyprus; in N Israel, eggs reported as early as late Mar and as late as mid-Jul, with... read more
Migratory; post-breeding movement chiefly to Nile Valley and Red Sea coast of Sudan. Breeding areas... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, and comparatively numerous throughout much of range; uncommon in Jordan. Global population has been tentatively estimated at between... read more
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