French: Moineau rutilant German: Rötelsperling Spanish: Gorrión rutilante
“apud montes Himalayenses” = north-west Himalayas
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. cinnamomeus
(Gould, 1836) – NE Afghanistan E in Himalayas (mostly above 1800 m) to S China (S & SE Xizang and S Qinghai) and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh).
P. c. intensior
Rothschild, 1922 – NE India (Assam), SC & S China, and N Myanmar E to N Laos and NW Vietnam.
P. c. rutilans
(Temminck, 1836) – NC & E China, Korea, Taiwan, S Sakhalin, S Kuril Is and Japan.
14–15 cm; 13–23 g. Race rutilans male breeding has top of head to hindneck and upperparts bright cinnamon-brown or russet, heavily streaked black on... read more
Main call a monosyllabic "cheep" or "chilp", used by male for proclaiming nest-... read more
In W of range occupies light woodland, terrace cultivation around edges of villages, and more open... read more
Food and feeding
Principally seeds, including those of cultivated cereals, also small berries. Nestlings fed almost exclusively with animal food, mainly... read more
Season Apr–Jul; two broods. Solitary; not particularly colonial. Nest built by both sexes, an untidy collection of grass, lined with... read more
Those breeding at high altitudes in Himalayas descend to 500–1000 m in winter. Farther E,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in W of range. Possibly decreasing in E parts of range, where formerly abundant as a passage migrant in flatlands of N Honshu (Japan), but now... read more
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