Crimson-winged Finch

Rhodopechys sanguinea

(R. s. sanguinea)

Armenian Name: Կարմրաթև ոսպնուկ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Crimson-winged Finch

See Plate 56 for Crimson-winged Finch and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:15 cm, Wing Span:30-33.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 322.
Description: Pink, white, and black wings and thick pale bill. Mottled brown flanks and breast contrast with white belly.
Adult: Male has blackish crown, large pink patch on wing, pink rump and uppertail coverts. Female is duller with streaky crown, pink and white wing patch, and pale rump lacking any pink.
Juvenile: Similar to adult female but duller with uniform yellow-brown head, off-white belly, and dull pink patch on wing.
Behavior: Males sing from rocks and bushes or in undulating display-flight, often in small groups.
Habitat: High elevation semidesert to subalpine zone; lower elevations in winter.
Food: Seeds, small invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of grass and stems in rock crevice or shrub.
Eggs: 22 mm, 4-5, sky blue, violet-brown spots.