J. Levaillant, 1850,
near Ghelma, between Ghardaïa and Ouargla, southern Algeria.
Sometimes placed in genus Fringillaria. Often treated as conspecific with E. striolata, but constant differences in plumage and behaviour. Exhibits some variation in plumage tone: more richly coloured birds from SW Morocco sometimes treated as race theresae (described from Anja, in SW Morocco) and darker ones from S Mali as sanghae (from Sangha, near Bandiagara, in Mopti, in S Mali), but differences minimal. Treated as monotypic.
NW Africa from Morocco and Mauritania patchily E to NW Chad.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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