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(Redirected from Rhodopechys sanguineus)
Male
Photo © by lior kislev
Hermon mt, Golan, Israel, June 2008
Rhodopechys sanguineus

Identification

13cm

  • Pale brown plumage
  • White mid belly
  • Black cap
  • Pink patterned wings and tail
  • Female duller
  • Dull yellow bill

Similar Species

Female
Photo © by bowerbird
Oukaimeden, Morocco, March 2006

Mongolian Finch

Distribution

North-west Africa and from Turkey to north-west India.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • R. s. alienus:
  • R. s. sanguineus:

The species is sometimes split into African Crimson-winged Finch (alienus) and Asian Crimson-winged Finch (sanguineus)

Young male, subspecies sanguinea
Photo © by fotoemin
Ishakpasa Palace Hills, Dogubayazit, Agri, Turkey, July 2006

Habitat

Rocky mountain slopes over 2000 m. Winters in farmland.

Behaviour

Breeding

It nests in the crevices of rocks. The 4-5 lightly speckled blue eggs are incubated by the female alone.

Diet

The diet includes seeds.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia

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