French: Roselin cipaye German: Scharlachgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo escarlata
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).
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... read more
Song a clear and liquid, upslurred "par-ree-reeeeeee". Call a loud "too-eee", "pleeau" or "kwee-i-... read more
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
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
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
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