French: Traquet du désert German: Wüstensteinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba desértica
Subspecies and Distribution
O. d. homochroa
(Tristram, 1859) – N Africa, from S Morocco, Western Sahara and NW Mauritania (Cap Blanc) E to NW Egypt; non-breeding Sahara and N Sahel (Mauritania E to Chad).
O. d. deserti
(Temminck, 1825) – NE Egypt (Sinai) and Levant (C Syria S to S Israel) E, discontinuously, to Afghanistan, C & S Kazakhstan, Mongolia and NW & N China (NW Xinjiang, Gansu, Shaanxi, C Inner Mongolia); non-breeding NE Africa (including Socotra) and SW Asia.
O. d. oreophila
(Oberholser, 1900) – E Pamirs, Karakoram Mts and Kashmir E to Nepal, Tibetan Plateau and W China (W & S Xinjiang, Qinghai); non-breeding Arabia, SW Asia and NW & C India.
14–15 cm; 15–34 g. Male nominate race breeding is sandy-brown from crown to upper back, with white supercilium and scapulars, black face (through eye) to throat... read more
Song, by male (in flight and on ground), a distinctive series of short variable phrases each of 2... read more
Dry steppes and desert edge with little vegetation, dry sparsely bushed riverbeds, wadis, ruins and... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly invertebrates; also occasionally seeds. Animal food includes adult and larval beetles of at least five families, adult and larval... read more
Feb–Jun in Morocco and mid-Mar to end May in Algeria and Tunisia; May–Jul in Egypt; early Apr to mid-Jul in Israel; from May in... read more
N African populations (race homochroa) partially migratory, moving S for Sept–Apr to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range. Generally common to abundant breeder in N Africa. Fairly common in Israel, with total population estimated at 1000... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!