Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Rosefinch (Carpodacus formosanus)


French: Roselin de Taiwan German: Taiwangimpel Spanish: Camachuelo de Formosa

Carpodacus formosanus


, 1911,

Mt Morrison, 9000 ft [c. 2740 m], Taiwan


Until recently considered conspecific with C. vinaceus, but strong genetic divergence suggested two species involved#R#R; this found to be tenable, as present species differs in its overall slightly brighter red male (1); slightly more white in tertials in male (1); slightly heavier breast streaking in female (1); fractionally darker belly in female (ns); overall larger size with significantly longer tail (effect size 9.8, score 3); and very brief “zip” call slightly longer (1) and higher-pitched (1). Song of C. vinaceus apparently unrecorded for comparison. Monotypic.

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Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 20·5–23·8 g. Medium-large, conical-billed, stout rosefinch with notched tail. Male breeding is almost entirely bright red or crimson, indistinctly (but variably)... read more


Song a brief two-note phrase, e.g.”bee-do” or “do-bee”, repeated; described also as a short phrase... read more


Inhabits forest edges, dense bamboo thickets, scrub and roadside vegetation, in montane regions at... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on seeds of various plants, including those of trees. Forages mostly on ground, also in low and dense vegetation; clings to... read more


No information.


Resident. Some dispersal to lower altitudes in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Taiwan EBA. Appears to be fairly common in suitable habitat; population estimated to lie... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Taiwan Rosefinch (Carpodacus formosanus). 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 6 December 2019).