Red-mantled Rosefinch

Red-mantled Rosefinch Carpodacus rhodochlamys is mainly Central Asian species, occurring in China in the mountainous areas of northern and western Xinjiang. In conifer forests and alpine meadows, breeding to 2900 m. Male has pink-and-white supercilium that barely extends across forehead, reddish-brown crown and upperparts with blackish streaking, a pink face with pinkish-white speckling, and a reddish-brown eyestripe. Tail and wings mainly brownish-black with pinkish-red tips to median and greater coverts (but no obvious wingbar), and buff edging on tertials. Underparts pink, with faint streaking visible at close range. Similar to pink-browed and pink-rumped but larger, with stubbier bill and deeper pink breast (with some streaking). Female mainly pale greyish-brown above, creamy buff below, with black streaking almost throughout; no obvious supercilium or wingbar; slightly smaller than spotted great and very similar streaked rosefinch (no overlap?). Female spotted great is paler, less streaked (rump unstreaked), and has more uniform wingcoverts and tertials. Bill stout, grey-brown to horn (mostly lower mandible); legs pale brown. Call a plaintive, wheezy whistle, lasting less than a second and repeated at intervals of two-four seconds. — 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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