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Trumpeter Finch

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Bucanetes githagineus

Rhodopechys githaginea

Photo by MomoPhoto taken: M'Hamid, Morocco, February 2007
Photo by Momo
Photo taken: M'Hamid, Morocco, February 2007

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[edit] Identification

Large head and short, very thick bill
Breeding Male:

  • Red bill
  • Grey head and neck
  • Pale brown upper parts
  • Pink breast, rump
  • Pink tail with dark terminal feathers

Non-breeding males, females and young: less colourful than the breeding male

[edit] Distribution

Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia
Europe: Portugal, Spain, Canary Islands, Malta
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Asia: Russia, Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India

[edit] Taxonomy

Previously included in the genus Rhodopechys

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are four subspecies:

  • B. g. amantum:
  • B. g. zedlitzi:
  • B. g. githagineus:
  • B. g. crassirostris:

[edit] Habitat

Stony desert or semi-desert.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The clutch consists of 4 eggs which is laid in a nest in a rock crevice.

[edit] Diet

The main diet consists of seeds supplemented with insects during the breeding season.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

[edit] External Links


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