Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Crimson-browed Finch (Carpodacus subhimachalus)


French: Roselin à tête rouge German: Rhododendrongimpel Spanish: Camachuelo cejirrojo

Corythus subhimachalus


, 1836,

northern and central Nepal


Sometimes placed in genus Pinicola, or Propyrrhula (as in HBW), but molecular analysis indicates a sister relationship to C. puniceus#R. Monotypic.


Himalayas from WC Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), S & SW China (S & SE Xixang E to S Sichuan and NW Yunnan) and N Myanmar; winters also NE India (S Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; 44–50 g. Large, stout and long tailed finch with large stubby bill. Male has forehead and supercilium to just behind eye bright red, lores greyish, ear-... read more


Song poorly known, a loud, melodious and shrill series of varied warbling notes, may include "ter-... read more


Inhabits montane and submontane areas of juniper (Juniperus) and dwarf rhododendron (... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly variety of seeds, flowers and berries, including those of pine (Pinus) and other conifers; berries include those of ... read more


In breeding condition in Aug. Some males breed in subadult plumage. No further details available.


Resident, partial short-distance migrant and altitudinal migrant. Some descend in late autumn to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally more common. Rare in Assam.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Crimson-browed Finch (Carpodacus subhimachalus). 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 29 February 2020).