Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Pallas's Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus)


French: Roselin rose German: Rosengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo de Pallas

Fringilla rosea


, 1776,

Uda and Selenga Rivers, Transbaikalia, Siberia


Specimens of proposed race sachalinensis (described from Sakhalin, prior to race portenkoi being named) fall within range of individual variation shown by nominate race, and presumably involved migrants or winter visitors#R#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. r. roseus (Pallas, 1776) – C & E Siberia from middle R Yenisey and R Nizhnyaya Tunguska E to upper R Lena, Yakutia and Kolymskiy Range, S to NE Kazakhstan (rare), Altai, Tannu-Ola, Sayan Mts, N Mongolia and S Sea of Okhotsk coast; migrates mainly to C Siberia (Tomsk region), Mongolia, NE & EC China (E from Gansu, S to Jiangsu) and Korea.
  • C. r. portenkoi Browning, 1988 – N Sakhalin; migrates to S Sakhalin and S to S Korea and N Japan (Hokkaido, N & C Honshu).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17·5 cm; 21–35 g. Medium-sized to large, slender rosefinch with long, notched tail. Male nominate race has head and face to upper nape deep pink or pinkish-red... read more


    Call a short "fee", or soft "tsiiin" or "chiiin", also a subdued... read more


    Breeds in lowland and montane taiga with Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica), larch (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly a variety of seeds, also buds, shoots and occasionally berries, including those of Siberian dwarf pine (Pinus pumila... read more


    Season May–Aug; possibly two broods. Monogamous. Ooccasionally loosely colonial. Territorial. Male performs song flight, with slowly... read more


    Migratory and partly nomadic; in C Siberia degree of movement determined by annual variations in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Scarce to locally common. Scarce at S extremities of range, e.g. only few pairs breeding in Kazakhstan; probably breeds in N Korea, where regular in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & Arkhipov, V. (2020). Pallas's Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus). 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 27 February 2020).