French: Bruant de Socotra German: Sokotraammer Spanish: Escribano de Socotora
Ogilvie-Grant and H. O. Forbes
Adho Dimellus, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Socotra
13–14 cm; 13–16 g. Male has striking head pattern of black and white stripes; grey-brown mantle streaked blackish-brown, back pale grey with blackish chevrons,... read more
Male song a clear “tseeto tee too” or “tseit tsoo tsee tsoo”. Juvenile gives high-pitched “tseeep”.
Favours rocky hill slopes with relatively dense grass and shrub vegetation; sometimes found close... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly grass seeds. Forages on ground; also takes seeds direct from grass-heads. In small flocks in non-breeding season.
Little known; nest undescribed. Breeds during winter rains: males singing in late Nov through to Feb, female with brood patch in Feb, and... read more
Resident, with some movement to lower elevations outside the breeding season.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Socotra EBA. Rare and local. Considered at risk because of its tiny global range (c. 310 km²), low density and patchy... read more
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