French: Moineau de Socotra German: Sokotrasperling Spanish: Gorrión de Socotora
P. L. Sclater and Hartlaub
Socotra I, including islets of Samha and Darsa.
13–14 cm; 20–35 g. Male has forehead to hindneck and entire upperparts grey, prominent black eyestripe, broad rufous-chestnut band from above eye and in crescent around rear... read more
Dry chirping calls, "cheep", "chee-cheep", "chip" and "jip... read more
Semi-arid scrub and woodland, also in palm groves, around human settlements, and arid limestone... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Assumed to take seeds of grasses and small plants (cereals not grown on islands where it lives), but some grain seeds may be... read more
Season at least Nov–Jun, with song noted from late Oct, copulation in Feb and Mar, nestbuilding between late Nov and late Mar and... read more
Resident; some local wandering.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Socotra EBA and breeds in 13 of 21 of the archipelago’s designated IBAs. Abundant on... read more
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