Desert Finch (Breeding plumage)
Desert Finch (Breeding plumage)
Scientific Name 
Rhodospiza obsoleta
Arabic Name 
النغر الصحراوي
Kuwaiti name 
14.0 cm
Least Concern


Vagrant in spring and autumn. Although a widespread species that may be expanding its range in Arabia, this bird is rarely seen in Kuwait. The vast deserts do hold their secrets well; even evidence of its breeding in Kuwait has not yet been confirmed.
Where in Kuwait 
It a desert resident in areas where water is readily available, but there are only 10 records for Kuwait including a breeding record in the south of the country recorded in 2013. It has been recorded as far west as Al Abraq and as far south on the coast at Khiran.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and is a large brown true finch found in southern Eurasia. This species does not migrate except locally.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting, trapping and loss of habitat.