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Mongolian Finch - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Askar Isabekov
South East Kazakhstan, May 2014
Bucanetes mongolicus

Rhodopechys mongolica

Identification

14–15 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Large head
  • Short, thick greyish-yellow bill

Breeding male

  • Pink flush to face and underparts
  • Extensive white and pink areas in the wings

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Previously included in the genus Rhodopechys and placed in Eremopsaltria by some authorities.

Habitat

Areas of sparse mountainous vegetation, stony desert or semi-arid scrub and rocky slopes.

Behaviour

Diet

Their main diet consists of small seeds, with the addition of buds and shoots at times.

Breeding

They are solitary nesters, though sometimes form loose colonies.

References

  1. 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/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. The Website of Everything

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