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Species Guide

Asian Crimson-winged Finch

Rhodopechys sanguineus

The Asian crimson-winged finch, Rhodopechys sanguineus, presents itself as a pale-colored, robust finch with a substantial, somewhat dull yellowish bill. This avian species, with an average length of 13 centimeters and a wingspan of approximately 32 centimeters, is adorned in light brown plumage. A distinctive black cap graces its head, while a pinkish hue embellishes its wings and tail, adding a touch of elegance to its otherwise muted tones. The underbelly is a contrasting whitish color, and the female, though similar in appearance, is marginally less vivid than her male counterpart.

Identification Tips

To identify the Asian crimson-winged finch, look for the bird's light brown overall coloration, the black cap, and the pinkish pattern on the wings and tail. The bill is heavy and dull yellowish, and the mid-belly is notably whitish. Males can be distinguished by their slightly brighter plumage and more extensive pink on the uppertail-coverts.


This species is a denizen of rocky mountainsides, often found at high elevations. It thrives in barren landscapes with sparse vegetation and is known to nest in the crevices of rocks.


The Asian crimson-winged finch ranges from Turkey to northeastern Pakistan, traversing various landscapes within this geographical span.


In winter, these finches descend in flocks to agricultural fields in search of sustenance. They exhibit a preference for seeds, which constitute the bulk of their diet.


The female Asian crimson-winged finch is responsible for laying and incubating a clutch of 4 or 5 blue, lightly speckled eggs, a task she undertakes with great care.

Similar Species

The African crimson-winged finch was once considered conspecific with the Asian variety. However, there are notable differences, such as the African bird's rosy-tinged grey-white chin and throat, and less black on the crown, among other distinctions.

Diet and Feeding

Seeds form the cornerstone of the Asian crimson-winged finch's diet. The birds adapt their feeding habits seasonally, moving to agricultural lands during the colder months to forage.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes the Asian crimson-winged finch as Least Concern, indicating a stable population without immediate threats to its survival.

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