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Species Guide

Mongolian Finch

Bucanetes mongolicus

The Mongolian finch, or Bucanetes mongolicus, is a diminutive member of the finch family, Fringillidae. It is characterized by its small stature and long wings. The bird possesses a robust head and a stout, greyish-yellow bill. The male, particularly resplendent during the breeding season, sports a delicate pink hue on its face and underparts, complemented by striking white and pink areas within its wings. This coloration remains, albeit subdued, outside of the breeding season.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Mongolian finch, look for the distinctive pink flush on the male's face and underparts during the breeding season. Both sexes exhibit the unique wing pattern, with white and pink areas that are less pronounced in females and non-breeding males. The bird's large head and short, thick bill are also key identification features.


The Mongolian finch is partial to the rugged terrain of mountainous areas, where it can be found in stony deserts or amidst semi-arid scrubland and rocky slopes. These habitats provide the perfect backdrop for breeding and sustenance.


This species is a year-round resident across a vast range, stretching from eastern Turkey and the Caucasus, through Central Asia, to western China and Mongolia, and southward into the Kashmir region. Countries that boast native populations include Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, India, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. The bird is also known to appear as a vagrant in Bahrain.


The Mongolian finch is a resident bird, meaning it does not typically migrate. It is well-adapted to its preferred habitats of mountainous regions and can often be observed foraging on the ground or perched on rocky outcrops.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List classifies the Mongolian finch as Least Concern, indicating that, at present, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers that would warrant a higher degree of conservation action.

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