Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilloides)


French: Roselin strié German: Gebirgsgimpel Spanish: Camachuelo estriado

Carpodacus rubicilloides


, 1876,

Gansu, China


Geographical variation weak and largely clinal, plumage becoming darker from W to E. Two subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2020). Streaked Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilloides). 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).