Desert Finch (Rhodospiza obsoleta) - HBW 15, p. 579
French: Roselin de Lichtenstein
Spanish: Camachuelo Desertícola
Other common names: Black-billed/Lichtenstein's (Desert) Finch
Taxonomy: Fringilla obsoleta M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823, Kara-ata, near Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
Genus previously subsumed within Rhodopechys, but molecular-genetic analysis indicates no molecular relationship with latter genus, and this species appears to have closer affinities with greenfinches in genus Carduelis. Monotypic.
Distribution: SC & SE Turkey, Israel and NE Egypt (Sinai) E to C Jordan, N Iraq, N Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkmenistan, C, S & E Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, NW & N China (Xinjiang E to Inner Mongolia and Gansu), S to N Afghanistan and W Pakistan (Baluchistan); winters also to Syria, S Afghanistan and N Pakistan (Chitral & North-West Frontier Province).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird on a branch and then flying to feed Locality Paignton Zoo, Paignton, Devon, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 22 November 2007 5 years ago 33 sec 3.9
Perched on a window ledge, singing Locality Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Joe Angseesing 8 April 2011 35 weeks ago 30 sec 3.8
A male on the ground, feeding Locality Paignton Zoo, Paignton, Devon, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 22 November 2007 5 years ago 23 sec 3.8
A adult male feeding his young. Locality Birecik, Turkey (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 2 June 2004 3 years ago 24 sec 3.7
Foraging on the ground Locality Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Joe Angseesing 30 September 2011 45 weeks ago 28 sec 3
A male on the ground before flying away Locality Kyzyl Kum Desert, Uzbekistan (Monotypic species)
Greg Baker 13 May 2008 1 year ago 10 sec 3
Drink water with a group of Spanish sparrow
Locality Al Zilfi (Al Zulfi), Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 18 January 2013 15 weeks ago 4
A bird perched on a branch.
Locality Negev Desert, Israel
Laurent Demongin 25 November 2005 4 years ago 3.5
A bird perching on a branch
Locality Eilat, Israel
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 22 March 2009 3 years ago 3
AurélienAudevard 5 June 2007 3 years ago 2