French: Roselin à gorge rouge German: Felsengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo frentirrojo
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. humii
(Sharpe, 1888) – SE Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (Tien Shan and Pamir-Alai Mts) S to Himalayas of N Pakistan, Ladakh and N India (Uttarakhand).
C. p. kilianensis
Vaurie, 1956 – extreme W China (mountains at W & S fringe of Tarim Basin, in W Xinjiang) S to NE Ladakh.
C. p. puniceus
(Blyth, 1845) – C & E Himalayas from Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and SW China (S Xizang).
C. p. longirostris
(Przevalski, 1876) – C China (E Qinghai E to S Gansu and N & W Sichuan).
C. p. sikangensis
Vaurie, 1956 – CS China (SW Sichuan and NW Yunnan).
20 cm; 42–51 g. Large rosefinch with curved culmen and ridged lower mandible, strong feet and slightly notched tail. Male nominate race breeding has forehead and short... read more
Song, from top of rock or on ground, given infrequently throughout year, a short "twiddle-le-... read more
Breeds on montane plateaux well above tree-line (almost to limit of vegetation), on steep rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Largely seeds, buds, flowerheads, petals and berries, including those of roses (Rosa), Caragana and alpine plants.... read more
Season late May to Aug. Monogamous. Solitary. Nest a thick or bulky cup of coarse grass, plant fibres, roots and animal hair, placed on... read more
Resident and partial short-distance altitudinal migrant. In non-breeding season part of population... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon in most of range. Rare resident in SE Kazakhstan; status in W Tien Shan uncertain, possibly only occasional summer visitor... read more
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