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Red-fronted Rosefinch

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Photo by James EatonWolong, Sichuan, China, June 2004
Photo by James Eaton
Wolong, Sichuan, China, June 2004
Carpodacus puniceus


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto by Askar IsabekovKazakhstan, Tien Shan, February 2018
Photo by Askar Isabekov
Kazakhstan, Tien Shan, February 2018

20 cm (7¾ in)

  • Red forehead, face and throat
  • Pinker underparts
  • Dusky upperparts
  • Curved culmen and ridged lower mandible

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, and

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • C. p. kilianensis:
  • Mountains of Kyrgystan and Tajikistan to south-western Xinjiang and north-eastern Ladakh
  • C. p. humii:
  • C. p. puniceus:
  • C. p. sikangensis:
  • South West China (Minya Konka to Mula region of extreme western Sichuan)
  • C. p. longirostris:
  • West China (eastern Qinghai to Gansu and north-western Sichuan)

[edit] Habitat

Their breeding areas are on montane plateaux, above the tree-line, on steep rocky slopes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of seeds, buds, flower-heads, petals and berries.

[edit] Breeding

They are monogamous and solitary breeders. Their nest is a thick, bulky cup constructed from grass, plant fibres, roots and animal hair.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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