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 island of Socotra, where it inhabits a range of habitats including rocky areas, dry woodland, scrub, and human settlements. The call is a cheerful “chirp”, often given in a slow series, similar to other sparrows. Similar to Abd al Kuri Sparrow, but separated by range.