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; see that species. 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. Recorded recently in N Vietnam#R.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm. Medium-small, conical-billed, stoutly built dark rosefinch with notched tail. Male is almost entirely deep wine-red or dark crimson, indistinctly streaked... read more


Song a simple and distinctive "pee-dee” or “do-do”, poorly documented but... 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. Moves to lower levels within range in non-breeding season; scarce... read more

Status and conservation

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

Recommended citation

Clement, P. & Christie, D.A. (2020). 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 25 February 2020).