French: Moineau de Somalie German: Somalisperling Spanish: Gorrión somalí
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. castanopterus
Blyth, 1855 – Djibouti, Somalia and E Ethiopia (E from c. 41° E).
P. c. fulgens
Friedmann, 1931 – extreme S Ethiopia and N Kenya (S to Kapedo and Marsabit).
13–14 cm; c. 18 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead to hindneck bright chestnut, lores and small area behind eye black, ear-coverts and cheek pale creamy grey;... read more
Poorly known. Call a soft "chirrup", almost identical with that of P. domesticus.
Semi-arid to arid country with acacias (Acacia), and frequently in towns and villages,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly granivorous, food including seeds of cultivated cereals, and has been recorded as feeding on spilt grain and on undigested grain in... read more
Season Feb–Jul. Solitary or in loose colonies; sometimes in colonies of P. euchlorus. Open nest flask-shaped, loosely... read more
Nomadic in large roaming flocks outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to rare in Djibouti; locally common elsewhere in range. Very common, at least formerly, in Somalia; present status there not... read more
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