Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

African Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys alienus)


Taxonomy

French: Roselin de l’Atlas German: Atlasgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo alirrojo bereber
Taxonomy:

Rhodopechys aliena

Whitaker

, 1897,

Glaoui, Great Atlas, Morocco

.

Hitherto treated as conspecific with R. sanguineus, but differs in its weaker shade of red on face, especially around the eyes, and reduced or no pink tips to uppertail-coverts (2); cinnamon-tinged off-white throat and soft cinnamon upper breast and flank markings vs pale chestnut throat, upper breast and flank markings (2); off-whitish vs purer white mid-breast to vent, with wider dark edging to outer rectrices (thus undertail does not appear pure white when folded) (2); softer, less obvious dark streaking on greyer-washed mantle and back (ns[1]); greyish-soot vs blackish crown and uppertail (ns[1]); and longer wing (effect size for males 1.86, score 1). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Morocco and NE Algeria.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). African Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys alienus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1344129 on 26 June 2019).