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Photo by Seyed Babak Mus
Near to Hajabad town, IranFebruary 2005
Ammomanes deserti


15–17 cm (6-6¾ in)

  • Sandy upperparts
  • Pale pink grey underparts
  • Rufous tail with dark terminal band
  • Thick yellow bill
  • Sexes alike

There is some colour variation according to subspecies.


Photo by A. Meir
Eilat, Israel, January 2011

Africa, Middle East and Asia:
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Western Himalayas



There are 22 subspecies[1]:

  • A. d. payni: Morocco south of the High Atlas and adjacent south-western Algeria
  • A. d. algeriensis: Northern Algeria to Tunisia and north-western Libya
  • A. d. mya: Central Algerian Sahara (between 27øN and 30øN)
  • A. d. geyri: Mauritania to southern Algeria and north-western Niger (Air Massif)
  • A. d. whitakeri: South-eastern Algeria to south-western Libya and north-western Chad (Tibesti Mountains)
  • A. d. kollmanspergeri: North-eastern Chad (Ennedi Mountains) and western Sudan (Darfur)
  • A. d. isabellina: Northern Egypt (west of the Nile Valley) east to Israel, Jordan, Syria, southern Turkey (Birecik), northwestern Saudi Arabia, and Iraq (west of the Tigris River)
  • A. d. deserti: Eastern Egypt (east of Nile to Red Sea) south to Sudan
  • A. d. erythrochroa: Western Chad (Ndjamena) to northern Sudan (Dongola to Kordofan)
  • A. d. samharensis: Red Sea coast of eastern Sudan, Eritrea and Arabian Peninsula (south to northern Yemen)
  • A. d. assabensis: Southern Eritrea, Ethiopia and north-western Somalia
  • A. d. akeleyi: Highlands of northern Somalia
  • A. d. annae: Black lava deserts of Jordan (Azraq area) and extreme southern Syria
  • A. d. azizi: North-eastern Saudi Arabia (Al Hufuf area)
  • A. d. saturata: Black lava deserts of southern Arabia (northern Hijaz to Aden)
  • A. d. insularis: Bahrain (Persian Gulf)
  • A. d. taimuri: Oman (Muscat area)
  • A. d. cheesmani: Iraq (east of Tigris River) to western Iran (west of Zagros Mountains to Persian Gulf
  • A. d. parvirostris: Western Turkmenistan (Kara-Bogaz-Gol to Kopet Dagh and Atrak Basin)
  • A. d. orientalis: North-eastern Iran, Turkestan and northern Afghanistan
  • A. d. iranica: central, southern, and eastern Iran (including the southern Zagros Mountains) east to southwestern Afghanistan and western Pakistan (Baluchistan)
  • A. d. phoenicuroides: South-eastern Afghanistan, eastern Pakistan and north-western India (extreme western Rajasthan)


Semi desert and deserts.



It is a ground nester, building the nest in rocks or stones. The clutch consists of 3-4 eggs.


The diet consists of small seeds and insects.


Song' choo-wee-chacha wooee.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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