French: Grand-verdier de Socotra German: Sokotragimpel Spanish: Picogordo de Socotora
Other common names: Socotra Golden-winged Grosbeak
P. L. Sclater and Hartlaub, 1881,
Goehel Valley, Socotra.
14–15 cm; 25–39 g. Medium-large, robust and fairly short-tailed finch with large head and bill. Male has sooty-black head to nape, chin and central upper breast,... read more
Song, usually from late Feb and Mar from concealed perch in centre of tree or in display-flight,... read more
Lowland to lower montane scrub-covered rocky outcrops, hillside slopes and dry wadis with acacias... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of seeds, buds and fruit, especially seeds of Croton and small red berries of tree resembling a laurel (Lauraceae).... read more
Season Dec–Feb. Solitary. Displaying male has stiff-winged, slow-motion display-flight similar to that of Chloris chloris,... read more
Little known; makes daily journeys from high-elevation roosts to lower-level feeding areas.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Socotra EBA. Locally common to uncommon. Total population estimated at 6500 individuals.
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