Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Pale Rosefinch (Carpodacus stoliczkae)


French: Roselin pâle German: Fahlgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo pálido

Propasser stoliczkæ

A. O. Hume

, 1874,

Chiklik, above Kokyar, western Kunlun, Chinese Turkestan


Until recently considered conspecific with C. synoicus, but differs genetically#R and by its larger size, with notably longer tail (effect size of race beicki 3.6, of race salimalii 4.72, but n=9 in latter case; score 2); pale brown vs pink hindcrown and neck sides and pale brown vs pinkish mantle and back (3); less extensive pinkish-red below (1); no slight dark streaks on mantle and back in female (1). Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. salimalii (R. Meinertzhagen, 1938) – NC & C Afghanistan (Hindu Kush).
  • C. s. stoliczkae (A. O. Hume, 1874) – W China (SW Xinjiang E to NW Qinghai).
  • C. s. beicki (Stresemann, 1930) – C China (E Qinghai and SW Gansu).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Pale Rosefinch (Carpodacus stoliczkae). 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 16 February 2019).