French: Roselin strié German: Gebirgsgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo estriado
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. lucifer
R. Meinertzhagen & A. C. Meinertzhagen, 1926 – S Tibetan Plateau (SW & S Xizang) and Himalayas from E Kashmir, Ladakh and NW India (N Himachal Pradesh) E to N Nepal and N Bhutan.
C. r. rubicilloides
Przevalski, 1876 – E Tibetan Plateau E to C & S China (Qinghai and E & NE Xizang E to Gansu and W Sichuan); winters S to S Sichuan & N Yunnan.
19–20 cm; 38–43·8 g. Large, large-billed and stout rosefinch with slightly notched tail. Male nominate race has lower forehead, lores to slightly behind eye,... read more
Song a slowly descending "tsee-tsee-soo-soo-soo", usually repeated several times. Call a... read more
Montane arid, dry alpine plateaux above tree-line, rocky screes and slopes with sparse scrubby... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly small seeds of juniper, sea-buckthorn and Caragana. Forages in bushes, in low trees, amongst rocks, and in alpine grassland... read more
Poorly known. Season late Jun to Aug. Nest a large cup of twigs, dry grasses, plant fibres, roots and animal hair or wool, well hidden deep... read more
Resident, partial migrant and altitudinal migrant. Majority descend to lower levels within range... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. Locally common in Himalayas; less common in China.
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