Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Yemen Linnet (Linaria yemenensis)


French: Linotte du Yémen German: Jemenhänfling Spanish: Pardillo yemení

Pseudacanthis yemenensis


, 1913,

Menacha, Yemen




SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 13–15 g. Small to medium-sized, grey and brown finch with pale rump, short bill with curved culmen, and notched tail. Male breeding has entire head to... read more


Song, usually by male from prominent perch at top of tree or bush or in display-flight, a lively... read more


Dry montane and submontane plateaux, boulder-covered hillsides, rocky scree slopes and wadis with... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of bushes and low-growing plants, including grasses, herbs and shrubs e.g. Plectranthus barbatus, also fruiting heads of... read more


Season Mar–Jul, also adults feeding recently fledged young in Oct; probably two broods. Displaying male pursues female in flight... read more


Resident and partially nomadic. In non-breeding season, apparently large wandering flocks occur in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in South-west Arabian Mountains EBA. Common to locally common. Likely to be adversely affected by clearance of... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Yemen Linnet (Linaria yemenensis). 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 25 January 2020).