Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Spectacled Finch (Callacanthis burtoni)


French: Roselin de Burton German: Rotmaskengimpel Spanish: Pinzón de anteojos

Carduelis Burtoni


, 1838,

Srinagar, Kashmir




NW Pakistan (from Afghan border) and W & C Himalayas E to Nepal and NE India (Sikkim); also recorded in Bhutan#R and S Tibet#R.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Large finch with large conical bill, distinctive face pattern and deeply notched tail. Male has forehead and lores and patch around and behind eye scarlet,... read more


Song, usually from high open perch (often from bare branch), a series of 3–4 downslurred... read more


Breeds in submontane and lower montane conifer and rhododendron (Rhododendron) forests... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly tree seeds, buds and shoots, principally of deodars, spruce (Picea), also rhododendron bark and berries of Viburnum... read more


Season mid-May to Aug. Monogamous. Territorial; size of territory apparently small, pairs nesting within 150 m of one another. Displaying... read more


Little known; possibly only altitudinal and short-distance shifts. In non-breeding season occurs at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted range species: present in Western Himalayas EBA. Locally common or scarce; widespread, but erratic in parts of range. In E... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Spectacled Finch (Callacanthis burtoni). 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 29 February 2020).