French: Verdier de l’Himalaya German: Himalajagrünfink Spanish: Verderón del Himalaya
Simla, north-western India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. spinoides
(Vigors, 1831) – N Pakistan E in Himalayas to Bhutan and NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh) and SW China (S Xizang); status uncertain in E Afghanistan.
C. s. heinrichi
(Stresemann, 1940) – NE India (S Assam hills, Nagaland and Manipur) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills S to Mt Victoria).
12–14 cm; 15–20·8 g. Medium-sized finch with conical bill, bright yellow wingbars and notched tail. Male nominate race has top of head black or blackish-... read more
Song, from treetops or during display-flight, a long series of rapid twitters interspersed with... read more
Submontane and montane open forests of oak (Quercus), rhododendron (Rhododendron... read more
Food and feeding
Variety of seeds, including pine (Pinus) and alder, also downy seedheads of Asteraceae, especially thistles (Cirsium,... read more
Season May–Sept; one brood. Monogamous. Solitary and loosely colonial, up to six nests within radius of 15 m, and often two nests in... read more
Resident and partial altitudinal migrant. Birds at higher altitudes either resident (to 2700 m in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common. Fairly common to very common in N Indian Subcontinent; locally common in SW China; locally common in W Myanmar.
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