Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Spot-winged Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodopeplus)


French: Roselin à ailes tachetées German: Fleckengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo alimoteado

Fringilla rodopepla


, 1831,

Simla–Almora district, north-west India


Name sometimes spelt, erroneously, as “rhodopeplus”. Until recently considered conspecific with C. verreauxii (which see). Monotypic.


Himalayas of N India (Uttarakhand), Nepal and SW China (S Xizang); winters mostly below tree-line.

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; one bird 23 g. Medium-large, large-billed rosefinch with long and slightly notched tail. Male has forehead to nape maroon, slightly brighter on nape and side... read more


Generally silent, song undescribed. Occasionally gives far-carrying “chirp”; also a... read more


Found in summer months in rhododendron (Rhododendron) scrub, Caragana, barberry... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known, mostly small seeds and rose hips. Forages on ground and in bushes, and often perches in the open on tops of bushes and... read more


Season possibly Jul–Aug. No other information.


Resident and altitudinal migrant. In non-breeding season many move to lower levels.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to scarce. Rare in India; locally common in Nepal; apparently rare in the limited Chinese part of range. The... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Spot-winged Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodopeplus). 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).