Taranta Mountains, Eritrea.
Sometimes considered conspecific with S. hypopyrrha but differs on account of buffy-white chin shading to greyish throat and head-sides with dark grey crown vs silvery-whitish chin, throat and head-sides and mid-grey crown (2); buffy-tinged grey vs dove-grey upper breast (ns); grey-tinged buff lower breast and mid-grey belly vs peachy-pink tan lower breast to belly (3); largely dark upperparts with slightly paler edging to feathers except for strong broad rusty outer edges to greater wing-coverts and tertials vs upperparts browner with all feathers scaled rusty-buff (at least 2). Also related to S. turtur and S. orientalis. Proposed races include funebrea (Kenya) and bishaensis (SW Arabia); bishaensis was replacement name for “arabica”, preoccupied. Monotypic.
SW Saudi Arabia and Yemen; SE South Sudan, W & SE Ethiopia, Eritrea and NW Somalia to Uganda, whence patchily SW through mountains of Rift Valley to N Malawi, and SE through Kenya highlands to NE Tanzania.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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