French: Moineau à point jaune German: Sahelsteinsperling Spanish: Gorrión moteado
Other common names:
Bogos Mountains, slopes of the Barca Valley, Eritrea
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. pallida
Neumann, 1908 – S Mauritania and W Senegal E, very patchily, to C Sudan.
G. p. pyrgita
(Heuglin, 1862) – Eritrea, Ethiopia (except W) and Somalia S to SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
15–16 cm; 21–28·5 g. Nominate race is unstreaked ash-grey to ashy brown above, with indistinct narrow light buff supercilium, white ring around eye, cheek... read more
Calls include shrill "tyit", "tyeet" and "chillip", and lower-pitched, chirping "tlooey-tlooey" or... read more
Dry savanna, acacia (Acacia) steppe and open woodland, gardens and cultivated land with... read more
Food and feeding
Berries of toothbrush tree (Salvadora persica), seeds; also insects, including beetles (Coleoptera). Forages on ground, but... read more
Mainly Jun–Aug in W of range, May in Somalia and Mar–Apr in Kenya and Tanzania, coinciding with rains. Solitary. Nest a pad of... read more
Nomadic outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common; apparently very local in much of range.
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