Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Gold-naped Finch (Pyrrhoplectes epauletta)


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

Pyrrhula epauletta


, 1836,

northern and central Nepal




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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 28 January 2020).