Pale rockfinch

The pale rockfinch or pale rock sparrow (Carpospiza brachydactyla) is a small sparrow found in the Middle East and Central Asia. It is the only member of the genus Carpospiza. Some authorities include it in the genus Petronia.[2] Others have placed it in the finch family due to some similarities in behaviour and form, but the anatomy of its tongue exhibits characteristic sparrow features.[2][3]

Pale rockfinch
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Pale rockfinch in south-eastern Turkey
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Carpospiza
von Müller, 1854
C. brachydactyla
Binomial name
Carpospiza brachydactyla
(Bonaparte, 1850)
  • Petronia brachydactyla

The range of pale rockfinch extends from eastern Turkey to Afghanistan, and south into the Arabian Peninsula and northern Africa as far as Ethiopia.[1] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and temperate grassland.[2]

The breeding pattern of the pale rock sparrow is associated with specific aspects of habitat. Presence of this species is associated with temperature, grasshopper and beetle abundance, whereas density is associated with available habitat. Since available habitat plays a role on the density of Pale Rock Sparrows, rapidly growing villages and cultivation are a threat to the population.[4]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Petronia brachydactyla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Summers-Smith, J. Denis (2009). "Family Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)". In del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Christie, David (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-84-96553-50-7.
  3. ^ Bock, W. (2004). "Affinities of Carpospiza brachydactyla (Passeriformes; Passeridae)". Journal of Ornithology. 145 (3). doi:10.1007/s10336-004-0034-9. S2CID 32389019.
  4. ^ Knight, Christopher G.; Beale, Colin M. (7 March 2005). "Pale Rock Sparrow Carpospiza brachydactyla in the Mount Lebanon range: modelling breeding habitat: Pale Rock Sparrow habitat selection". Ibis. 147 (2): 324–333. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919x.2005.00407.x.

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