Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Vinaceous Rosefinch (Carpodacus vinaceus)


French: Roselin vineux German: Rubingimpel Spanish: Camachuelo vinoso

Carpodacus vinaceus

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, Ho-pa-tchang, north of Chengdu, Sichuan, China


Until recently considered conspecific with C. formosanus. Monotypic.


N India (E Uttarakhand) and Nepal, C & S China (S & SW Gansu and S Shaanxi S to SE Xizang, Yunnan, N Guizhou and W Hubei) and N & NE Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

13–16 cm; 20·5-23·8 g (formosanus). Medium-sized, conical-billed, stoutly built dark rosefinch with notched tail. Male nominate race is almost entirely deep... read more


Song a simple and distinctive "pee-dee, be do-do". Calls include a hard, assertive "pwit" or "zieh... read more


Undergrowth of lower montane and submontane dense mixed or damp bamboo forest, rhododendron (... read more

Food and feeding

Variety of plant and tree seeds. Forages on ground, in low bushes and in dense vegetation; perches on or clings to flowerheads of shrubby... read more


Female incubating eggs in Jul in Nepal. No other published information.


Resident and altitudinal migrant. Nominate race moves to lower levels within range in non-breeding... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to scarce or rare. Status in Nepal uncertain, possibly scarce resident, but appears rare and local; uncommon in China; scarce to uncommon in... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Vinaceous Rosefinch (Carpodacus vinaceus). 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 19 January 2019).