3,000,000 in Iran (Fattah 2000). All Kurdish: 5,390,000 (2014 M. Izady).
West, mainly Kermanshah and Ilam provinces; to east, Hamadan, Lorestan, Kordestan, and Khuzestan provinces; southeast, small area in Sistan va Baluchestan Province.
Kolyai, Kermanshahi (Kermanshani), Kalhori, Garrusi (Bijari), Sanjabi, Malekshahi (Maleksh ay), Bayray, Kordali, Luri. A member of macrolanguage Kurdish [kur].