Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Dark-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus edwardsii)


French: Roselin d’Edwards German: Edwardsgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo de Edwards

Carpodacus edwardsii

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, Muping [Baoxing], west Sichuan, China


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. e. rubicundus (Greenway, 1933) – E Himalayas from C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), SW China (S & SE Xizang) and N Myanmar.
  • C. e. edwardsii J. P. Verreaux, 1871 – CS China (S Gansu S to W & C Sichuan and W & N Yunnan).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; one female 26·5 g. Rather large, large-billed, dark rosefinch with slightly notched tail. Male nominate race has side of lower forehead, upper lores and... read more


    Song undescribed. Calls a short or abrupt, metallic "twink", "tswii"or "... read more


    Undergrowth of montane and submontane juniper (Juniperus), dwarf rhododendron (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly small seeds, including those of grasses (Gramineae) and wild rose, also some fruit, including fallen crab apples (Malus);... read more


    No definite information. Thought to breed around Jun–Aug period, nesting in rhododendron bushes in forest.


    Resident and altitudinal migrant. Descends to lower levels between Oct and mid-Apr.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon or scarce in most of range. Local and generally uncommon in Nepal, but more numerous in non-breeding season; locally common to scarce in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Dark-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus edwardsii). 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 21 February 2020).