Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch

Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus argyrophrys, male, just below Kanda Pass (32.310034, 96.607073), Qinghai, China, elev. 4350 m (14,270 ft.), July. (Craig Brelsford)

Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus pulcherrimus occurs in foothills of Himalayas in southern Tibet, and argyrophrys in west-central and north-central China. ID & COMPARISON Very similar to Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch C. davidianus, with which it was formerly considered conspecific, but is shorter-winged, with lighter pink coloring in male. Pink-rumped Rosefinch C. waltoni is slightly smaller with slightly smaller bill and shorter tail, and male lacks buff-brown flanks. Male also quite similar to Chinese White-browed Rosefinch C. dubius and Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch C. thura, but those are larger and more uniformly brown on crown and upperparts, with less obvious streaking. Pink-browed Rosefinch C. rodochroa has brighter forehead. Female has less obvious streaking on rump than Pink-rumped, and may have more contrasting dark ear coverts and pale supercilium. Differences among beautiful females beyond the scope of this guide. VOICE Calls reminiscent of chirp of sparrow; less metallic than Chinese. — Craig Brelsford


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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