Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Sharpe's Rosefinch (Carpodacus verreauxii)


French: Roselin de Verreaux German: Lavendelgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo de Sharpe

Propasser verreauxii

David and Oustalet

, 1877,

Muping [= Paohing], eastern Xizang


Until recently considered conspecific with C. rodopeplus, but verreauxii differs genetically#R and in its distinctly smaller bill (at least 2); strong, long black streaks on upperparts (1); and (in male) distinctly paler pink overall appearance vs dark and duller pink with heavy dark markings below (2); bright pink rump vs no distinct paler rump but just a few flecks of pinkish in dark rump feathers (2)#R. Monotypic.

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S China (S & W Sichuan and NE Yunnan) and NE Myanmar; winters at lower altitudes.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Medium-sized slim, relatively small-billed rosefinch with long, slightly notched tail. Male has forehead to nape dark maroon with blackish streaks, very pale pink... read more


Song undescribed. Call a short, sharp or piercing, metallic “spink spink”.


Found in summer (presumed breeding period) in forest edge, second growth and areas of scrub and... read more

Food and feeding

Very little information. Diet presumably consists mostly of small seeds. Forages on ground and in bushes. Generally shy, but will perch... read more


No information.


Few data. Largely resident, with movement to lower elevations in autumn–winter period; a rare or... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very poorly known, but appears to be generally scarce to rare in most of its range. Perhaps uncommon in NE Yunnan. Uncommon in NE... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Sharpe's Rosefinch (Carpodacus verreauxii). 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 25 February 2020).