Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus thura)


French: Roselin de Thura German: Thuragimpel Spanish: Camachuelo de Thura

Carpodacus thura

Bonaparte and Schlegel

, 1850,



Until recently considered conspecific with C. dubius; see that species. Race blythi apparently intergrades with nominate to unknown extent in N India–W Nepal. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. blythi (Biddulph, 1882) – NE Afghanistan and N Pakistan E in Himalayas to W Nepal.
  • C. t. thura Bonaparte & Schlegel, 1850 – E Himalayas from Nepal E to NE India and at least E Bhutan and SW China (SE Xizang).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 24–36 g. Medium-sized, conical-billed, slender rosefinch with long and slightly notched tail. Male nominate race has forehead and supercilium deep pink... read more


    Song of nominate rarely heard, from top of tall tree, mid Jun to end Jul, a short series of loud,... read more


    Breeds in undergrowth along forest edges and in clearings, also treeless boulder-covered slopes and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Variety of seeds, buds and shoots of alpine and subalpine herbs and shrubs, also some berries, including barberries, and blackberries and... read more


    Poorly known. Season late Jun to Aug. Loosely colonial; territorial, with rather small territory size. Nest a large shallow cup of grass,... read more


    Resident and altitudinal migrant. Part of population descends short distances in non-breeding... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally common in much of range; scarce resident in N Pakistan, and uncommon or scarce in NE India (Arunachal Pradesh). In... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus thura). 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 25 February 2020).