Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Pink-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus waltoni)


French: Roselin de Walton German: Auroragimpel Spanish: Camachuelo culirrosado

Propasser waltoni


, 1905,

Gyantse, southern Tibet


Race eos was treated as a separate species in HBW but there speculated to be conspecific with C. pulcherrimus; however, recent studies of relationships in latter species#R#R have shown that form waltoni, placed previously with pulcherrimus, belongs with eos and that the two are parapatric and sometimes sympatric with other taxa in C. pulcherrimus, differing in various subtle aspects of proportions, coloration and voice. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. w. eos (Stresemann, 1930) – Stresemann's Rosefinch – C & S China (E Xizang, SE Qinghai and W Sichuan); winters also NW Yunnan (Likiang Mts).
  • C. w. waltoni (Sharpe, 1905) – Walton's Rosefinch – SW China (SE Xizang).
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5 cm. Medium-sized, slender rosefinch with pointed bill and long, notched tail. Male has forehead to chin deep crimson, usually darker and browner on lores,... read more


    Song undescribed. Calls a sharp or assertive "pink" or "tink" and an emberizid-... read more


    Breeds in montane and submontane dry valleys with sparsely vegetated slopes, hillsides and alpine... read more

    Food and feeding

    No details of diet; presumably small seeds. Forages on ground, usually around edges of trees or bushes. In pairs and small groups; in non-... read more


    No information.


    Primarily an altitudinal migrant, making post-breeding descent to lower levels within breeding... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Very little-known species. Appears to be rare within its known range. Possibility that it breeds also in mountains in NW Yunnan requires... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. & de Juana, E. (2019). Pink-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus waltoni). 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 24 May 2019).