Family Finches (Fringillidae)


Warsangli Linnet (Linaria johannis)


French: Linotte de Warsangli German: Somalihänfling Spanish: Pardillo somalí

Warsanglia johannis

S. R. Clarke

, 1919,

Mush Haled, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Warsangli country, Somalia




Daalo and Mash Caleed, in N Somalia.

Descriptive notes

12·5–13·5 cm; 11·8–15 g. Medium-sized finch with pale wing-flash, short, conical bill and notched tail. Male has forehead and supercilium white, lores broadly... read more


Song a rambling jumble of twitters, buzzes and trills, very similar to song of Serinus... read more


Little known. Occurs within a restricted range of open country or degraded montane juniper (... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly seeds of shrubs and other plants, including those of euphorbias (Euphorbia) and Salvia and grasses. Forages on the... read more


Birds in breeding condition in May and juvenile seen in Jul. No other information.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in North Somali Mountains EBA. Poorly known. Recorded at only five locations within the two small areas of Daalo and Mash Caleed... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Warsangli Linnet (Linaria johannis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2020).