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 in 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).
  • Recently reported (probably nominate race) from Ladakh, in N Indian Subcontinent#R.

    Descriptive notes

    14·5–16 cm. Medium-large, conical-billed, pale rosefinch with long notched tail. Male nominate race has lower forehead, lores, supercilium, and chin and throat bright pinkish... read more


    True song evidently non-existent; rather jumbled series of buzzing notes and more musical ones... read more


    Found in arid mountains, hillside and valley scrub and desert edges; occurs at edges of cultivated... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet poorly known, but seeds commonly taken; probably differs little, if at all, from that of C. synoicus. Forages on the ground,... read more


    Very little information. Thought to breed in summer months in Afghanistan, and uses much hair in nest construction. Details likely to be... read more


    Largely sedentary. Some movement to lower elevations during winter months.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce in Afghanistan, and probably locally common, but little known, in China. Report of a flock of 20–25 individuals at Turtuk, in... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). 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 25 February 2020).