A rare vagrant to Britain, the males of this species are sandy brown with black cheeks, as well as black wings with a black "bridge" which links them. Above the black is a white panel. The females are just a plainer sandy brown.
A soft, plaintive whistle.
May-April onwards. Nests in crevices between walls or among stones. 4-5 eggs.
As it's name suggests, found in deserts in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.