The Sinaï  Rosefinch
(carpodacus synoicus)

This granivore passerine has been chosen as the emblematic bird of Jordan, due to its pinkish color which remind the Petra stone. Beside the Middle-East, we find in North Afghanistan and in China. It leaves in the rocky areas and wadis where the vegetation is scared. It feeds on grains, shoots and sprouts. The female bears a brown plumage ...

...that perfectly merges with the environment, while the male get a pinkish color during the second year. The Sinaï rosefinch has a gregarious behavior, except at the end of the winter or in the spring, when it breeds and nets near water places.