Desert Finch

I his bird inhabits steppe (arid grassland) and semidesert, its soft, plain colors merging with the bare landscape. Pink, black, and white markings on wing and tail show in flight. Usually seen in pairs, it is not shy and will allow an observer to approach. It feeds on or near the ground, taking seeds and buds.

• Nest a cup-shaped nest made of weed stems, grass, and twigs, lined with wool or feathers, and located in a bush or low tree.

• DISTRIBUTION Isolated areas in the Middle-East, Iran, N.W. Pakistan, C. Asia, and W. China.


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