Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Pink-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodochroa)


French: Roselin à sourcils roses German: Rosenbrauengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo cejirrosado

Fringilla rodochroa


, 1831,

Simla–Almora district, north-west India


Name sometimes misspelt “rhodochroa”. Monotypic.


NW & C Himalayas from N Pakistan and Kashmir E to SW China (S Xizang), Nepal, N India (Sikkim) and Bhutan.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 16–20 g. Medium-sized, slender rosefinch with prominent face pattern, pointed bill and notched tail. Male has forehead and long supercilium (tapering on... read more


Song, from top of shrub or low tree, a series of loud, lilting and upwardly inflected whistles,... read more


Undergrowth of lower montane and submontane forests, including subalpine areas with sparse... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes seeds and berries of Cyathula, Viburnum and Ziziphus maurtiana, also grasses (Gramineae) and small... read more


Season Jul and Aug. Nest built by female, a compact cup of twigs, dry plant stems, fibres and grass, also birch-bark strips, moss and... read more


Resident and altitudinal migrant. Makes post-breeding descent to lower levels in range (some... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally common in most of range. Fairly common in Simla, uncommon in Kashmir; rare in N Pakistan, where discovered breeding in 1984; rare... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Pink-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodochroa). 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 14 December 2019).