Erythrospiza Bonap., Faun. Ital., Ucc. pi. 35 (1832-41). Type, Erythrospiza githaginea.
The genus Erythrospiza contains, with the exception of the genus Uragus, the palest forms of Rose-Finches, birds which keep to the desert or to barren hill-sides.
The bill is short, but very tumid, the lower edge of the lower mandible being as much curved as the culmen; the wings are very long, reaching beyond the middle of the tail; the tail is distinctly forked; the sexes differ considerably in colour.
Key to Species.
A. Upper parts more fulvous-grey; bill at base about 11 mm. deep…….E. githaginea, p. 141.
B. Upper parts browner; bill at base about 8 mm. deep …………E. mongolica, p. 142.