French: Dromoïque vif-argent German: Wüstendickichtsänger Spanish: Prinia desértica
Other common names: Scrub Warbler
Subspecies and Distribution
S. i. theresae
R. Meinertzhagen, 1939 – S Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania.
S. i. saharae
(Loche, 1858) – E Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.
S. i. inquieta
(Cretzschmar, 1830) – Egypt, Israel and N Arabia E to Persian Gulf.
S. i. grisea
Bates, 1936 – W Saudi Arabia, E Yemen and Oman.
S. i. buryi
Ogilvie-Grant, 1902 – S Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
S. i. striata
(W. E. Brooks, 1872) – SC Iraq, S Iran, Pakistan and S Afghanistan.
S. i. montana
Stepanyan, 1970 – mountains of NE Iran, S Turkmenistan, W Tajikistan and N Afghanistan.
S. i. platyura
(Severtsov, 1873) – plains of N Turkmenistan, S Uzbekistan and SW Tajikistan.
10 cm; 6–10 g. A small but robustly built warbler with rather pale sandy-brown plumage, prominent blackish eyestripe; white-tipped tail rather long and slightly rounded... read more
Male song, from low perch or in flight, a series of trilled and musical notes and phrases like... read more
Confined to Sahara-Sindian biome; occurs in arid scrub and grassland, including sandy drainage-line... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including caterpillars and adult lepidopterans, beetles and their larvae (Coleoptera), cicadas and other bugs (... read more
Season late Feb to Jun (mainly Mar–May) in N Africa, Jan–Jun in Arabia. Mar–May in C Asia; breeds slightly earlier in... read more
Mainly resident; some evidence of local movements away from breeding areas. In Uzbekistan moves to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Density spatially patchy; recorded values in C Asia 6–100 pairs/km². Population in Israel decreased in 1980s, probably as a... read more
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