Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Blanford's Rosefinch (Agraphospiza rubescens)


Taxonomy

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

Procarduelis rubescens

Blanford

, 1872,

Sikkim

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61384 on 17 December 2017).