Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch

Himalayan white-browed rosefinch
喜山白眉朱雀 (xǐshān báiméizhūquè)
Carpodacus thura
17 cm

Formerly considered conspecific with very similar Chinese white-browed rosefinch. Nominate reported in China only in the Chumbi Valley in Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet; paler race blythi (which has pink wash to back) may occur further west in Tibet. Differs from Chinese white-browed by brown eye-stripe (joining brown on sides of nape); female has warm brown/olive-yellow wash across throat and upper breast, missing in Chinese. Male also quite similar to pink-rumped, Chinese and Himalayan beautiful rosefinch, but those are smaller and less uniformly brown on crown and upperparts, with more obvious streaking. Call of Chinese white-browed a lamblike bleat; Himalayan’s squeaky call recalls nervous laughter. — 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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