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Bucanetes githagineus

Rhodopechys githaginea

Photo by Momo
Photo taken: M'Hamid, Morocco, February 2007


Large head and short, very thick bill
Breeding Male:

  • Red bill
  • Grey head and neck
  • Pale brown upper parts
  • Pink breast, rump
  • Pink tail with dark terminal feathers

Non-breeding males, females and young: less colourful than the breeding male


Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia
Europe: Portugal, Spain, Canary Islands, Malta
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Asia: Russia, Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India


Previously included in the genus Rhodopechys


There are four subspecies:

  • B. g. amantum:
  • B. g. zedlitzi:
  • B. g. githagineus:
  • B. g. crassirostris:


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.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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