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Photo by kuwaity
National Park, Sabiya, Kuwait, May 2004
Rhodospiza obsoleta

Rhodopechys obsoleta


Female duller


Photo by Dalga
Sde Boker area, Israel, June 2009

South Eurasia: found locally in mountains of south-eastern Turkey to northern China and northern Pakistan.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds in dry, flat country, with scattered acacia and tamarisk trees and bushes, gardens and desert oases.



The diet includes mainly seeds and some insects.


They nest in trees. The 4-6 pale green, lightly speckled eggs are incubated by the female.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia

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