Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Chinese White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus dubius)


French: Roselin à sourcils blancs German: Weißbrauengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo chino

Carpodacus dubius


, 1876,

Helan Mts and Gansu


Until recently considered conspecific with C. thura, but split confidently indicated#R#R on basis of its broken vs complete postocular dark line in male (1); more distinct white upper edge to pink supercilium in male (1); clear whitish vs rusty-washed breast in female (1); significant difference in call, with shorter notes (2) delivered at higher pace (2) and on same pitch (ns[2])#R (although only nominate has been checked). Reported differences in biometrics (bill, wing and tail)#R not apparent in museum material consulted, but molecular evidence supports the split#R; even so, confirmation of constant vocal and morphological differences in all subspecies highly desirable. Proposed race charmensis (described from Kyimpu Le La at c. 4000 m, between Chayul and Charme, on SE Tibetan Plateau) synonymized with femininus. Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. d. dubius Przevalski, 1876 – WC China (NE & E Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia S to E Xizang).
  • C. d. deserticolor (Stegmann, 1931) – C China (Qaidam Basin and Burham Budan Mts, in NC & NE Qinghai).
  • C. d. femininus Rippon, 1906 – S China (extreme SE Qinghai S to S & SE Xizang, NW Yunnan and W Sichuan).
  • A female (probably of race femininus) recorded in Mishmi Hills, in extreme NE India, in May 2016#R represents the first record of this species for the Indian Subcontinent.

    Descriptive notes

    17 cm. Medium-sized, conical-billed, slender rosefinch with long, slightly notched tail. Male nominate race has forehead and superciliary area pale or frosted pink, fine pale... read more


    Nominate race has a short and monotonous song, “skréél churt-churt” (commonly heard in S Gansu from... read more


    Breeds in scrub and undergrowth in forest clearings and edges, on alpine meadows and on boulder-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Limited information. Diet consists mainly of seeds, along with various buds and shoots of herbs and shrubs and also some berries. Forages... read more


    Few data. Thought to breed mainly Jul–Aug. Details probably very similar to those given for C. thura.


    Resident and altitudinal migrant. Part of population descends short distances in non-breeding... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or locally common in much of range. Rather few details available, but this species appears to be reasonably common and not at... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Chinese White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus dubius). 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 25 February 2020).