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Crimson-winged Finch

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MalePhoto by lior kislevHermon mt, Golan, Israel, June 2008
Photo by lior kislev
Hermon mt, Golan, Israel, June 2008
Rhodopechys sanguineus


[edit] Identification


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

[edit] Similar Species

FemalePhoto by bowerbird Oukaimeden, Morocco, March 2006
Photo by bowerbird
Oukaimeden, Morocco, March 2006

Mongolian Finch

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] 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 sanguineaPhoto by fotoeminIshakpasa Palace Hills, Dogubayazit, Agri, Turkey, July 2006
Young male, subspecies sanguinea
Photo by fotoemin
Ishakpasa Palace Hills, Dogubayazit, Agri, Turkey, July 2006

[edit] Habitat

Rocky mountain slopes over 2000 m. Winters in farmland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] Diet

The diet includes seeds.

[edit] 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
  2. Wikipedia

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