Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Dark-breasted Rosefinch (Procarduelis nipalensis)


French: Roselin sombre German: Nepalgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo oscuro

Carduelis nipalensis


, 1836,

central and northern Nepal


Geographical variation largely clinal, plumage becoming darker from W to E; race intensicolor sometimes synonymized with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Dark-breasted Rosefinch (Procarduelis nipalensis). 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 20 February 2020).