Typical “rufous sparrow”, with a striped back and a gray crown, nape, and rump. Males have a black bib, and are brighter overall, with more rufous on the face and shoulder. Endemic to the Socotran island of Abd al Kuri, where it inhabits dry habitats, particularly rocky and scrubby slopes, sometimes around human settlements. The call is a cheerful “chirp”, often given in a slow series, similar to other sparrows. Similar to Socotra Sparrow, but separated by range.
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