Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Gold-naped Finch (Pyrrhoplectes epauletta)


Taxonomy

French: Roselin à nuque d’or German: Goldnackengimpel Spanish: Pinzón nuquigualdo
Taxonomy:

Pyrrhula epauletta

Hodgson

, 1836,

northern and central Nepal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

From W Nepal E in Himalayas to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), S China (SE Xizang, SW Sichuan and NW Yunnan) and NE Myanmar; in winter moves to lower altitudes.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 19 g. Fairly small, slender, short-winged finch with slightly notched tail. Male is almost entirely jet-black, except for bright orange hindcrown and nape;... read more

Voice

Song a rapid and high-pitched "pi-pi-pi-pi", as well as a soft, low, piping "teu... read more

Habitat

Dense undergrowth and edges of submontane oak (Quercus) and rhododendron (Rhododendron... read more

Food and feeding

Variety of seeds, including those of nettles, also buds, berries; also small insects. Forages unobtrusively on ground, in low vegetation... read more

Breeding

Adults carrying nesting material in Mar. In Nepal, thought to nest in rhododendrons. No further documented information.

Movements

Resident and short-distance altitudinal migrant, but scale of movements not well known. Those in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon or rare. Four singing males located along 1 km of trail in Bhutan suggests possibly fairly high densities in parts of... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). Gold-naped Finch (Pyrrhoplectes epauletta). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61429 on 12 December 2018).