deserts of Aqaba, north-west Arabia.
Formerly considered conspecific with E. alpestris, but differs in its smaller size (at least 1); much paler, pinker, less streaked upperparts (2); clearer white on throat and belly to vent (1); and structurally simpler, shorter, weaker song (3)#R. Most comprehensive genetic dataset pertaining to this group identified six clades in the Palearctic and suggested paraphyly of E. alpestris with respect to E. bilopha#R, i.e. either the former should be split multiple ways, or E. bilopha should be treated subspecifically. Smaller birds from S Western Sahara (Río de Oro) described as race elegans, but similarly small birds occur elsewhere in species’ range (e.g. Libya and W Egypt). Monotypic.
Extreme NW Mauritania, Western Sahara and S & E Morocco E to NE Egypt (Sinai Peninsula) and Middle East (NE Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, S Israel, W Iraq, N Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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