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