M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823,
In the past treated as conspecific with H. platura. Birds from NW Ethiopia (Melissai, on Adiabo Plains) with apparently short wing described as race adiabonensis, but considered inadequately differentiated from those elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.
Egypt (R Nile and CE coast), Sudan, NE South Sudan, Eritrea, W, N & E Ethiopia, Djibouti, S Arabia (Saudi Arabia S of Jeddah, Yemen, SW Oman) and, probably, NW Somalia. Non-breeding visitor to E Ethiopia and N Somalia.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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