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Uncommon resident; breeds. A widespread species of the desert and semi-desert. Populations are known to be nomadic, the species’ abundance in Kuwait may fluctuate; however, nesting occurrences are known to be localized.
Where in Kuwait
Most records of this species are from the Jal Al-Zor escarpment and wadis and SAANR.
In the world
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It breeds in the Canary Islands, across north Africa, and in the Middle East and into central Asia. There is a small European population in southern Spain. Many birds are largely resident, but there is post-breeding dispersal. Stony desert or semi-desert is favoured for breeding with four eggs are laid in a nest in a rock crevice. Aided by its strong bill, the trumpeter finch feeds mainly on seeds and it finds its food by flitting and jumping around on the ground, and will often dig fairly deep into the soil to find seeds.
Habitat loss and degradation, human disturbance and trapping for illegal bird trade.