French: Bouvreuil à tête rouge German: Rotkopfgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo cabecirrojo
Simla–Almora district, north-west India
Himalayas from SE Kashmir E to Bhutan, NE India (E to W Arunachal Pradesh) and SW China (SE Xizang).
17 cm; 18–27·6 g. Medium-large bullfinch with short, curved bill and long, notched tail. Male has lower forehead and lores to behind eye and across cheek to chin... read more
Song a low mellow "terp-terp-tee" or "heer-t-yeer, heer-t-yeer, yeer-phew".... read more
Lower montane and submontane dense conifer forests of cedar (Cedrus), juniper (... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds of a variety of trees and plants, including birch, willows, docks (Rumex), nettles (Urtica); also buds,... read more
Season at least May, Jul and Aug. Nest a cup of twigs, plant fibres, roots and lichen (Usnea), placed up to 3 m above ground in... read more
Resident and partial altitudinal migrant. In non-breeding season descends to lower levels of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or locally common; erratic in occurrence in some parts of the range. Probably the commonest member of its genus in Himalayas.
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