Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Three-banded Rosefinch (Carpodacus trifasciatus)


French: Roselin à trois bandes German: Bindengimpel Spanish: Camachuelo tribarrado

Carpodacus trifasciatus

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, Paohing = Muping [Baoxing], west Sichuan, China




SC China from S Gansu and S Shaanxi S to E Xizang, NW Yunnan and W Sichuan; non-breeding also SE Xizang, possibly also NE Indian Subcontinent.

Descriptive notes

17–19·5 cm. Large and large-billed, robust rosefinch with broad wingbars and long tail. Male has white forehead edged light crimson, crown to nape and side of neck deep... read more


No information; generally silent. Captive individuals gave weak and high-pitched calls.


Found in undergrowth and thickets of conifer forest, juniper (Juniperus) thickets, spruce... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly seeds, also some fruit, including crab apples and cotoneaster berries; also willow buds on migration to breeding grounds. Forages on... read more


No confirmed information. Unconfirmed report, based on information from 1925: nest cup-shaped, made of roots and twigs, lined with grasses... read more


Resident, partial migrant and altitudinal migrant. In non-breeding season moves to lower levels,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to scarce; locally common in non-breeding season in S China. Area occupied during breeding season apparently much smaller in extent than... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Three-banded Rosefinch (Carpodacus trifasciatus). 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 5 December 2019).