French: Roselin à dos rouge German: Rosenmantelgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo dorsirrojo
Pyrrhula (Corythus) rhodochlamys
J. F. Brandt
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. rhodochlamys
(J. F. Brandt, 1843) – Red-mantled Rosefinch – E & SE Kazakhstan (Tien Shan, Dzhungarskiy Alatau, Tarbagatay and W & S Altai), S Siberia (Tuva, Tannu-Ola), NW China (NW Xinjiang) and N Mongolia.
C. r. kotschubeii
Zarudny, 1913 – E Uzbekistan, S Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (E to Alai Mts, S to N Pamir Mts).
C. r. grandis
Blyth, 1849 – Blyth's Rosefinch – NW & NE Afghanistan, W & NC Pakistan and W Himalayas E to N India (E to N Himachal Pradesh; in winter E to Uttarakhand).
15–18 cm (nominate and kotschubeii), 18–20 cm (grandis); 18–38 g. Large and large-billed, stout rosefinch. Male nominate race has lower... read more
Song, from top of tall tree, a feeble series of short, wheezing "chirp" and "twit... read more
Submontane and montane conifer forest, mostly juniper (Juniperus), fir (Abies),... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds, buds and berries of bushes and trees, including wild rose, wild olive, honeysuckle, Caragana, juniper, sea-buckthorn... read more
Season May–Jul. Nest a cup of grass, soft juniper bark strips, plant fibres and animal hair, placed low down within 2 m of ground in... read more
Partial migrant and altitudinal migrant. Makes post-breeding descent to lower levels, possibly only... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in S of range; scarce to rare elsewhere.
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