French: Traquet à tête blanche German: Saharasteinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba yebélica
Other common names:
C. L. Brehm
Kurusku, Upper Egypt
Subspecies and Distribution
O. l. leucopyga
(C. L. Brehm, 1855) – W & C Sahara E to Egypt and Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.
O. l. ernesti
R. Meinertzhagen, 1930 – S Israel, W & S Jordan and NE Egypt (Sinai) S to C & E Arabia, possibly also Yemen and Oman.
17 cm; 23–39 g. Nominate race is glossy black, with white crown (above eye), vent, rump and tail, latter with black central feathers and sometimes a suggestion of (sub)... read more
Song (mainly by male at dawn and dusk, but female and even young occasionally sing; from perch,... read more
Breeding range lies almost entirely within driest and hottest areas of Africa and S Middle East,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, small vertebrates, some fruit. Beetles (including Buprestidae and tenebrionid larvae), crickets, ant-lions, small wasps,... read more
Jan–Feb in Mauritania; Jan–May in N Africa and Sudan, apparent peak Mar–Apr in NW; Mar–Jul in C Sahara; end Feb to... read more
Sedentary; also local migrant. In NW Africa may move S in winter, with local increases in numbers... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Nominate race sometimes rather local but generally abundant in suitable habitat; density varies, presumably with habitat quality. In Morocco common... read more
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