French: Roselin sombre German: Nepalgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo oscuro
central and northern Nepal
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. kangrae
Whistler, 1939 – W Himalayas in N India (Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, perhaps Kashmir).
P. n. nipalensis
(Hodgson, 1836) – C & E Himalayas from W Nepal E to NE India (E to NE Arunachal Pradesh) and SW China (S & SE Xizang).
P. n. intensicolor
E. C. S. Baker, 1925 – SC China (S Gansu, W Sichuan and NW Yunnan), N Myanmar and, status uncertain, NW Vietnam (W Tonkin); rare winter visitor to E Myanmar and NW Thailand.
15–16 cm; 20–24 g. Medium-large, dark rosefinch with pointed conical bill and notched tail. Male nominate race has lowermost forehead and lores black (may also... read more
Song a repetitive and monotonous chipping note. Calls include plaintive, wailing double whistle,... read more
Montane or submontane oak (Quercus), fir (Abies) and rhododendron (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet poorly known, mostly small seeds and berries; also takes blossom, pollen and nectar from rhododendron flowerheads (forehead and throat... read more
Birds in breeding condition in Jun–Aug. No other information.
Partial or altitudinal migrant. Descends to lower levels in non-breeding season, between Nov and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common, but generally rather local; W race kangrae generally uncommon. Status in China not well known, but species probably... read more
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