Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

African Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys alienus)


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

Rhodopechys aliena


, 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.


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 on 26 June 2019).