483. Bucanetes mongolicus

483. MONGOLIAN DESERT BULLFINCH.
BUCANETES MONGOLICUS.
Bucanetes mongolicus (Swinhoe), P.Z.S. 1870, p. 447 ; (David and Oust.) Ois. Chine, p. 349, pl. 97 ; Dresser, ix. p. 197, pl. 676 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 287 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 222 ; “B. incarnatus Severtz.” ; Dode, P.Z.S. 1871, p. 480 ; Gould, B. of As. v. pl. 30.
Tagh-Timochuk, Turki ; Che-chao, Sseu-cheung, Chinese.
Male ad. (Turkestan). Upper parts pale hair-brown, dorsal feathers centrally darker ; rump and upper tail-coverts rose-red ; quills dark brown, externally margined with rosy white, the secondaries broadly margined and tipped with white ; larger and median wing-coverts broadly margined with buffy white and rose-red ; rectrices dark, brown, margined with buffy white ; under parts buffy white, washed with bright rose-red ; bill yellowish brown ; legs light brown ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.45, wing 3.5, tail 2.25, tarsus 0.7 inch. The female is duller, and less rose-tinted. The young male resembles the adult female, but has the larger wing-coverts brownish red, without white margins, and the median coverts with very narrow white margins. The young female has scarcely any red in the plumage, the breast only being faintly tinged with rose.
Hab. Transcaspia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, and the Himalayas to N.E. Kan-su and N.W. China.
Like the preceding species it frequents sandy plateaus, clayey hills, and stony places, and is chiefly resident, though in some parts to some extent migratory, and feeds on small seeds of various kinds, frequently those of saline plants. Its usual note resembles the syllables tuck, tuck, tuck, and its song is sweet and melodious, owing to which it is a favourite cage-bird. On the ground it runs swiftly and with ease, and its flight is swift and strong. It breeds in May, and its nest, which is placed on the ground, in a bush or a tree, is constructed of dry plant-stems, lined with goat’s hair. The eggs are greenish white, marked at the larger end with a few blackish spots and lines, and measure from 0.82 to 0.86 by 0.54 to 0.58.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
483. Bucanetes mongolicus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
483
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
331
Common name: 
Mongolian Desert Bullfinch
M_ID: 
30630
M_CN: 
Mongolian Finch
M_SN: 
Bucanetes mongolicus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10551

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