French: Moineau blanc German: Wüstensperling Spanish: Gorrión sahariano
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Ambukol, Dongola, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. saharae
Erlanger, 1899 – NW Sahara Desert E to C Libya, S at least to Mauritania and S Algeria (Ahaggar).
P. s. simplex
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – S Sahara from C Mali E to Niger, N Chad, S Egypt and NW & C Sudan.
13·5–15 cm; 18–21 g. Pale, long-legged sparrow with characteristic upright posture. Male nominate race is pale grey above, sometimes with faint sandy tinge... read more
Call harsh ”tchip” or slightly rolled “chrip” or “drip”. Song a... read more
Arid sandy areas with scattered trees and bushes, e.g. tamarisks (Tamarix articulate),... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds of desert bushes and ground vegetMainly seeds of desert bushes and ground vegetation, grass seeds (e.g. Panicum turgidum... read more
Season Feb–Aug, but mainly from mid or late Mar and in late Oct (S Morocco); possibly two broods. Breeds solitarily or in small... read more
Erratic, at times common in some areas and rare or absent in others; probably at most only an... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common; rare in E of range. Erratic use of different nesting areas makes it difficult to know if populations stable or... read more
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