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Common Rosefinch - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo © by Rayh
Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, June 2004
Carpodacus erythrinus

Identification

Male

  • Bright rosy-pink head, breast and rump
  • Dark brown wings
  • 2 wing bars
  • White belly
  • Heavy bill

Female

  • Yellowish-brown upperparts
  • Brighter rump
  • Buff underparts
  • Grey head
Female
Photo © by Akihaka
Halikko Bay, Finland, June 2007

Distribution

Breeding in Sweden, eastern Europe and Siberia, northern Iran, Pakistan, China, Tibet, and Japan.

Winters in south east China, Indochina, Burma, India and southern Iran.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

This is a polytypic species, consisting of five subspecies:

  • C. e. erythrinus:
  • C. e. grebnitskii:
  • Eastern Siberia to Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk; winters to south-eastern China
  • C. e. kubanensis:
  • Caucasus to north-western Iran; winters to south-western Iran
  • C. e. ferghanensis:
  • C. e. roseatus:
  • Eastern Himalayas to Tibet and China; winters to southern India and Indochina

Habitat

Female
Photo © by Sanya
Kosmodem'yansky, Ruza, Moscow, Russia, June 2006

Woodland, forest edge, thickets, near water.

Behaviour

Diet

They mainly eat seeds, buds and shoots.

Breeding

They nest in low bushes. The clutch consists of 5 brown-spotted, dark blue eggs.

Vocalisation

They sing from an exposed perch.

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References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728

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Ssp. roseatus : Immature Male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017
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