Scarlet Finch

Scarlet Finch
Scarlet Finch Carpodacus sipahi, male, Dulong Gorge, Yunnan, China, elev. 2430 m (7,970 ft.), June. (Craig Brelsford)
Scarlet Finch
Female, Dulong Gorge, Yunnan, elev. 2450 m (8,030 ft.), June. (Craig Brelsford)

Scarlet Finch Carpodacus sipahi is resident in southern and southeast Tibet and western Yunnan. HABITAT Mainly broadleaf forests, breeding to 3500 m (11,480 ft.), wintering to 750 m (2,460 ft.). ID Male uniformly scarlet except on short tail and short wings, which are black with scarlet fringing. Female has bright yellow rump and yellow-olive upperparts and throat. Rest of underparts grey. Conspicuous dark grey scaling above and below. Tail and wings black with yellowish-olive fringing. First-year male like female but has orange-rufous tinge to yellow coloring. BARE PARTS Large bill yellow to flesh; legs pinkish-grey; iris brownish-grey, palest in adult male. VOICE Loud call, whee-ee!, lasting less than a second and repeated at intervals of several seconds. Three-note song, the last note drawn-out and clear. — 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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