Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet Finch (Carpodacus sipahi)


Taxonomy

French: Roselin cipaye German: Scharlachgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo escarlata
Taxonomy:

Corythus sipahi

Hodgson

, 1836,

Nepal

.

Previously separated in monospecific Haematospiza, but moved here based on genetic data#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Uttarakhand, and C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh, and Assam S to Meghalaya and Lushai Hills), S & SE China (SE Xizang and W & S Yunnan) and W & NE Myanmar; in winter also NW Thailand, N Laos and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 38–42·5 g. Medium-sized to large, large-billed and thickset finch with short wings and tail. Male has entire head, upperparts and underparts bright... read more

Voice

Song a clear and liquid, upslurred "par-ree-reeeeeee". Call a loud "too-eee", "pleeau" or "kwee-i-... read more

Habitat

Breeds in open montane fir (Abies) and broadleaf forests, mainly along edges and clearings... read more

Food and feeding

Variety of seeds, buds, berries, and occasionally small insects. Plants exploited include raspberry (Rubus idaeus), roseleaf... read more

Breeding

Season May–Jul. Nest a large or bulky cup of twigs, plant fibres, roots and grasses, placed 7–12 m above ground in fork of tree... read more

Movements

Not well known. Partial or altitudinal migrant. Moves between Nov and mid-May to lower levels in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to scarce; fairly common in W & C parts of range. Precise extent of breeding range in Himalayas poorly known; may reach W in... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). Scarlet Finch (Carpodacus sipahi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61407 on 12 December 2018).