Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Red-mantled Rosefinch (Carpodacus rhodochlamys)


French: Roselin à dos rouge German: Rosenmantelgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo dorsirrojo

Pyrrhula (Corythus) rhodochlamys

J. F. Brandt

, 1843,

Tarbagatay, Kazakhstan


Has been suggested that race grandis merits full species rank, differing genetically#R, morphometrically#R (bill and tail, wing formula), in plumage characters and in some vocalizations, but position of intermediate kotschubeii unclear and differences in any case seemingly all minor, those finding support in museum material being slightly longer bill (allow 1), reddish-washed browner crown and back (1), paler, narrower supercilium (1), and paler brown uppertail (1); further research required. Three subspecies currently recognized.

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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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Red-mantled Rosefinch (Carpodacus rhodochlamys). 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 18 January 2020).