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Alectoris melanocephala
Photo by peterarras
Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, UAE, February 2010


Black crown, broad white band begins in front of the eye and extends to the back of the head, white chin and upper throat, narrow black band from bill, extending to the the cheek and forming a "V" on the neck; pale brown sides of the neck pastel brown, bluish grey body, pronounced barring on the sides. Males have a tarsal knob. Females are slightly smaller.


Photo by peterarras
Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, UAE, February 2010

Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Two subspecies are recognised by some authorities: A. m. melanocephala'' and A. m. guichardi[2]


Rocky hillsides and grassy slopes to 4500 feet.


The clutch consists of five to eight brown flecked, pale buff eggs. Incubation lasts for 24 to 26 days.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. gbwf.org
  4. Wikipedia

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