287,000 (2007 census). 234,000 Alaba, 52,700 K’abeena (2007 census). 111,000 monolinguals (1994 census). L2 users: 29,700.
YeDebub Biheroch Bihereseboch na Hizboch and Oromiya states; Rift Valley southwest of Lake Shala, separated by Belate river from Kambatta [ktb] language area.
Positive attitudes. Also use Amharic [amh].
Ethiopic script [Ethi].