Pale Rosefinch

Pale Rosefinch
Pale Rosefinch Carpodacus stoliczkae beicki, male, Lanzhou University-Yuzhong Campus, Gansu, China, elev. 1840 m (6,040 ft.), August. (Craig Brelsford)
Pale Rosefinch
Female beicki, Lanzhou University-Yuzhong Campus, Gansu, August. (Craig Brelsford)
Pale Rosefinch
Male beicki, Lanzhou University-Yuzhong Campus, Gansu, August. (Craig Brelsford)

Pale Rosefinch Carpodacus stoliczkae stoliczkae occurs in Kunlun Mountains in Xinjiang and into western Qinghai and beicki is in eastern Qinghai and southern Gansu. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Arid mountains, often on rocky, barren slopes; sometimes in ravines near running water. Can be tame, especially around water. No other rosefinch tolerates such arid habitat. In summer to 3500 m (11,480 ft.), in winter down to 1600 m (5,250 ft.). ID & COMPARISON Both sexes are very pale and largely unstreaked. Male has pink, white-speckled forecrown extending into a supercilium; crimson forehead, lores, ocular area, and chin; pinkish-white ear coverts, throat, and breast, with some white wash or spotting; fading to buff on flanks and belly. Crown (with slight blackish streaking), plain upperparts, wings, and tail darker grey-brown; rump and uppertail coverts pale pink. Female almost entirely sandy-brown, darker above and lighter below, with slight blackish streaking on crown. BARE PARTS Bill greyish-horn; feet grey-brown. VOICE Cheeps like a sparrow; cheerful, melodious song with some buzzing. — 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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