The Desert Finch, also called the Black-billed or Lichtenstein's Finch, is native to southeast Turkey,
the Middle East, Central Asia, northern Pakistan, China and Mongolia.
Recent (2006) DNA research has determined that the Desert Finch is closely related to the common ancestor of the Greenfinch.
A relative of the Linnet and Redpoll, the male (above, with the black bill) develops his pink plumage for display in the breeding season.
Photos in the row above and all those below were taken by Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan.
The female (above) has more muted colours, with a horn-coloured bill.
It is a gregarious, flocking bird.
Larking about by the water.