Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet Finch (Carpodacus sipahi)


French: Roselin cipaye German: Scharlachgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo escarlata

Corythus sipahi


, 1836,



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


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... 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

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). 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 on 23 January 2020).