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Large head and short, very thick bill
Non-breeding males, females and young: less colourful than the breeding male
Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia
Previously included in the genus Rhodopechys
There are four subspecies:
Stony desert or semi-desert.
The clutch consists of 4 eggs which is laid in a nest in a rock crevice.
The main diet consists of seeds supplemented with insects during the breeding season.
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