French: Moineau pâle German: Fahlsperling Spanish: Gorrión pálido
Other common names:
“Abyssinia, Arabia“= Kunfuda, western Arabia
SE Turkey, Middle East and Armenia E to Iran, S Turkmenistan, W Afghanistan and perhaps Baluchistan (Pakistan)#R, also erratically in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman. Winters mainly in W Arabian Peninsula and NE Africa.
13·5–14·5 cm; 21–25 g. Slim, generally rather featureless sparrow with short and stout bill; in flight, long triangular-shaped wings reminiscent of... read more
Call a high-pitched nasal "twee", "zweee" or "twee-oo"; song... read more
Arid regions with sparse bushy vegetation, often in sparsely grassed hilly and mountainous areas,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly plant matter, especially seeds, including those of cultivated cereals, and green parts of plants; also insects in breeding season.... read more
Thought to be an opportunistic breeder, following exceptional rains, Mar in S of range to Jul in N; single-brooded. In loose colonies. Nest... read more
Migratory. Non-breeding quarters mainly in W Saudi Arabia and NE Africa (EC & E Sudan, Eritrea... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, and abundant in some parts of range. Flocks of several hundreds can pose a threat as a pest of cereal (millet) cultivation.
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