Scientific Name 
Melanocorypha bimaculata
Arabic Name 
القبرة قصيرة الذيل
Kuwaiti name 
16.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Uncommon passage migrant and winter visitor; rare summer visitor, it has bred in Kuwait. Mostly observed in spring, sometimes in very large numbers; it may sporadically breed this far south perhaps during exceptional years when the spring desert is in bloom.
Where in Kuwait 
A species of open country, it is found in desert and coastal areas with stony slopes and short grass. Due to its camouflaged plumage and habitat of crouching motionless to escape danger, this bird is more often heard than seen
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and breeds in Turkey and much of the Caucasus in Eastern Europe, and across several countries in Central Asia and the northern parts of the Middle East. Before the onset of winter, it migrates southwards to warmer climates in north-east Africa, the southern Middle East and northern Arabian Peninsula, and north-west India.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation