The Sinaï Rosefinch

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.