French: Moineau des saxaouls German: Saxaulsperling Spanish: Gorrión del saxaul
Turkestan = Djulek, above Kyzyl Orda, on the Syr Darya, Kazakhstan
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. ammodendri
Gould, 1872 – S Kazakhstan and N Uzbekistan (Kyzylkum Desert); Turkmenistan (Karakum Desert); possibly NE Iran#R#R and N Afghanistan#R.
P. a. nigricans
Stepanyan, 1961 – SE Kazakhstan (Sary-Ishikotrau Desert) and NW China (N Xinjiang).
P. a. stoliczkae
A. O. Hume, 1874 – China from S Xinjiang (Kashgar and Taklimakan Desert) E to W Inner Mongolia and N Ningxia (Ordos Desert); SC Mongolia (Gobi Desert).
14–16 cm; 25–32 g. Male nominate race has central forehead and crown to nape black, broad white supercilium from in front of eye, becoming tawny behind eye and... read more
Little reported. Call "cheerp cheerp", softer and more melodious than "chirrup... read more
River valleys in sandy or stony desert and semi-desert, particularly associated with saxaul (... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, particularly of saxaul, also insects. Nestlings fed with insects and insect larvae, particularly weevils (Curculionidae), ladybirds... read more
Season May–Jul; two broods. Nests as isolated pairs or in loose colonies, often mixed with P. domesticus and P. montanus... read more
Mainly sedentary; flocks may make small local movements outside breeding season. Some populations... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Status poorly known; spends much time in foliage of bushes or trees, making it difficult to see. Some suggestion of range contraction, probably... read more
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