Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus)


French: Roselin à longue queue German: Meisengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo colilargo

Loxia sibirica


, 1773,

“near montane rivers and streams of southern Siberia”


Previously separated in monospecific Uragus. Morphological variation between subspecies appears notable, with the forms lepidus and henrici seemingly rather distinctive, but assessment of taxonomic status hampered by scarcity, distribution and condition of museum material. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. sibiricus (Pallas, 1773) – SW & SC Siberia E to middle R Amur, S to NE Kazakhstan, N Mongolia and NW & NE China (NW Xinjiang; NW Inner Mongolia); winters SC & SE Russia, E Kazakhstan (Tarbagatay, Dzhungarskiy Alatau, E Tien Shan) and NW & NC China.
  • C. s. ussuriensis (Buturlin, 1915) – Russian Far East (middle R Amur E to Ussuriland) and NE China (Heilongjiang and Jilin); winters in Korea and E China (Liaoning S to Hebei and Shanxi, also S Gansu).
  • C. s. sanguinolentus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1848) – Sakhalin, S Kurils and N Japan (Hokkaido); winters C & S Japan.
  • C. s. lepidus (David & Oustalet, 1877) – C China (E Xizang E to S Shaanxi and SW Shanxi).
  • C. s. henrici (Oustalet, 1892) – S China (SE Xizang, Sichuan and W & NW Yunnan).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–18 cm; 16–26 g. Medium-sized, long-tailed finch with short stubby bill. Male nominate race breeding has lower forehead and lores deep crimson, cheek and ear-... read more


    Song a musical series of rapid rippling trills, "churu churu chee fee fee fee",... read more


    Dense willow (Salix) and birch (Betula) thickets, grasslands, reedbeds and tall... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly seeds, berries and buds of plants and bushes, including bird cherry (Prunus), honeysuckle (Lonicera), guelder-rose... read more


    Season May–Aug; one brood, in Ussuriland possibly two. Pair formation mostly from mid-May in breeding area. Displaying male sings... read more


    Resident and migratory. Juveniles gather in flocks and wander throughout range before undertaking... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common, scarce or rare. Occasionally very common along R Angara (SC Siberia), and fairly common in R Amur valley, Ussuriland... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Arkhipov, V. (2019). Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus). 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 17 June 2019).