- Bucanetes mongolicus
14–15 cm (5½-6 in)
- Large head
- Short, thick greyish-yellow bill
- Pink flush to face and underparts
- Extensive white and pink areas in the wings
Africa, Middle East and Asia
Northern Africa: found only in Egypt
Middle East: Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
Asia: Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Pakistan, India and Western Himalayas
Areas of sparse mountainous vegetation, stony desert or semi-arid scrub and rocky slopes.
Their main diet consists of small seeds, with the addition of buds and shoots at times.
They are solitary nesters, though sometimes form loose colonies.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
- The Website of Everything
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Mongolian Finch. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 10 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Mongolian_Finch