Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Eurasian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguineus)


French: Roselin à ailes roses German: Rotflügelgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo alirrojo asiático

Fringilla sanguinea


, 1838,

Erzurum, Turkey


Hitherto treated as conspecific with R. alienus (which see), although split had been suggested earlier on basis of morphological characters#R. Monotypic.


CS & E Turkey, Lebanon, N Israel, W Syria, S Caucasus, Iran, S Turkmenistan and N Afghanistan E to SE & E Kazakhstan,Tajikistan, and NW China (N & W Xinjiang).

Descriptive notes

15–18 cm; 32–48 g. Large, large-billed, long-winged, sandy finch with bright pink in wing and notched tail. Male breeding has lower forehead, lores and anterior... read more


Song, usually between May and early Sept, from top of bush or grassy tussock or in flight, a clear... read more


Breeds on montane and submontane slopes and in high-level valleys, open semi-desert areas of bare,... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small seeds, buds and shoots of grasses, semi-desert and alpine plants; also some insects. Seeds and buds include those of... read more


Season Apr to mid-Jul; often two broods, but only single broods recorded in Israel and Kazakhstan. Monogamous. Solitary or loosely colonial... read more


Altitudinal and short-distance migrant; descends to lower levels in non-breeding season between... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to abundant or scarce; uncommon in Lebanon and Caucasus. Turkish breeding population at least 100,000 pairs;... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Eurasian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguineus). 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 25 February 2020).