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Photo © by ammadoux
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, January 2016
Argya squamiceps

Turdoides squamiceps


Subspecies yemensis
Photo © by WorldInFocus
Taif, Saudi Arabia, February 2018

26-29 cm (10¼-11½ in)

  • Grey-brown upperparts, with dark streaks on the back
  • Paler below
  • Whitish throat
  • Long curved bill
  • Long tail
  • Rounded wings
  • Strong legs and feet


Africa, Middle East
Northern Africa: Egypt
Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates


This species is sometimes placed in genus Turdoides.


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. s. squamiceps:
  • A. s. yemensis:
  • A. s. muscatensis:
  • Arabian coast of Gulf of Oman


Acacia Desert, scrubland and savanna.



Their diet consists of insects, small vertebrates, leaves, berries and seeds.


They construct a large cup shaped nest from grass, twigs and other plant material. The clutch contains three to five turquoise eggs which are incubated for 13 to 14 days; the young birds fledge after about 14 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)
  4. BF Member observations

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