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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
Carpospiza brachydactyla.jpg
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]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Petronia brachydactyla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 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.

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