Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Blanford's Rosefinch (Agraphospiza rubescens)


French: Roselin de Blanford German: Blanfordgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo de Blanford

Procarduelis rubescens


, 1872,





C & E Himalayas from C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh) and S China (SE Xizang E to SE Gansu, Sichuan and NW Yunnan).

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm. Medium-sized, slender-billed rosefinch with notched tail. Male has entire head crimson except for lores, often tinged darker on crown and browner on ear-... read more


Song, often given from top of tree, a loud musical warbling, consisting of repeated 3-note phrases... read more


Coniferous belt in subalpine zone where mainly in dark spruce (Picea) and fir (Abies... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known; presumably small seeds. Forages on the ground. In pairs in breeding season; in larger flocks of up to 30 individuals in... read more


In SE Tibet two males in early Feb with developed gonads, suggesting early onset of breeding; adults in breeding condition and fledged... read more


Partial or altitudinal migrant. Moves to lower levels within breeding range in non-breeding season... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to scarce; uncommon in Bhutan. Generally a poorly known species. Extent of breeding range apparently smaller than previously believed.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Blanford's Rosefinch (Agraphospiza rubescens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 5 December 2019).