Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Mongolian Finch (Bucanetes mongolicus)


French: Roselin de Mongolie German: Mongolengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo mongol

Carpodacus mongolicus


, 1870,

Keming, southern Chahar [north-west Hebei], China


Sometimes isolated in Eremopsaltria. Monotypic.


E Turkey, Armenia (Vedi)#R, Azerbaijan (Nakhichevan)#R and N & E Iran E to S & E Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia, S to C Afghanistan, N Pakistan (Chitral, Baltistan and Gilgit), Ladakh, and W, C & NE China (S to N & W Xinjiang, N Qinghai, Gansu, W Inner Mongolia and W Hebei); winters also in W Pakistan (Baluchistan).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 18–26 g. Medium-sized, stocky, large-headed and blunt-billed, long-winged pale finch with notched tail. Male has forehead to nape pale grey-brown,... read more


Song, usually only through breeding season (including occasionally at night), from ground or top of... read more


Montane and submontane, arid, desolate and semi-desert areas with slopes, cliffs, screes, ravines... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly small seeds, also buds and shoots, including those of Agriophyllum gobicum, Krascheninnikova ceratoides, saltwort... read more


Season mid-Apr to late Jul or Aug; two broods in S Caucasus and NE Iran. Monogamous. Solitary and semi-colonial. Pair formation takes place... read more


Resident, altitudinal migrant and partial migrant. Between Oct and May found at lower levels within... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce to locally common. Known population in E Turkey small, numbering merely c. 25 pairs, but extent not fully determined, and in... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Mongolian Finch (Bucanetes mongolicus). 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 8 December 2019).