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

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (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 22 March 2019).