French: Fauvette de l’Atlas German: Atlasgrasmücke Spanish: Curruca del Atlas
Sahara of southern Algeria
Subspecies and Distribution
S. d. maroccana
E. J. O. Hartert, 1917 – Anti-Atlas and High and Middle Atlas, from Jebel Igdet (Morocco) E to Tlemcen (NW Algeria); non-breeding also S to W Sahara oases (as far S as Nouakchott, in W Mauritania).
S. d. deserticola
Tristram, 1859 – Saharan Atlas and Aurès Mts, from Aïn Sefra (NW Algeria) E to Gafsa area (Tunisia); non-breeding also S to C & S Algeria (Tademaït Plateau, Tassili n-Ajjer, Ahaggar Mts), NE Mali and C Libya.
12 cm; 7–10 g. Small, graceful and long-tailed, with short rounded wings. Male nominate race breeding has head, upperparts and lesser upperwing-coverts pale bluish... read more
Song, from perch, less often from cover or in flight, consists of short (1·8–5·... read more
Breeds in dry scrub and maquis in montane areas at 1000–2500 m. Favours dense maquis of... read more
Food and feeding
Food mainly small arthropods, e.g. small worms, lepidopteran caterpillars, ants (Hymenoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera); probably also... read more
Season mostly Mar–Jul; starts as late as May at higher elevations. Apparently monogamous; solitary, territorial breeder. Song flight... read more
Partial migrant. Part of population present on breeding grounds throughout year, but some areas... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to fairly common. Can be relatively numerous in favourable breeding habitats, also in optimum non-breeding habitats such as tamarisk... read more
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