Three-banded Rosefinch

Three-banded Rosefinch
Three-banded Rosefinch Carpodacus trifasciatus, male, Mt. Mengbi, Sichuan, China, July. (Craig Brelsford)

Three-banded Rosefinch Carpodacus trifasciatus is uncommon in mountains of south-central China (Qin Mountains) and on Tibetan Plateau in southern Gansu, eastern Qinghai, eastern Tibet, western Sichuan, and northwest Yunnan. Winters in breeding range and southeast Tibet. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Breeds in conifer forests, between 2100-3050 m (6,890-10,010 ft.); winters to 1800 m (5,910 ft.). Sometimes perches or sings from atop conifer, but generally keeps to undergrowth. ID Male has diagnostic combination of three bands: two pinkish-white wingbars on the median and greater coverts and a long white streak on the scapulars; also white edging to tertials. Female also has this combination, but with whitish or yellowish wingbars. Rest of wings and tail black. Male has crown, nape, and rump crimson, forehead spotted white; mantle red with black mottling. Face and throat black with extensive white frosting. Breast and sides of belly crimson; flanks grey, belly whitish. Female has grey-brown head and upperparts streaked black; brownish-black wings; rump brownish-yellow; face to underparts buffish-grey with yellow tinge to breast and light streaking; dark ear patch rounded behind by pale nape sides. BARE PARTS Bill yellowish-horn, darker above and on tip; feet reddish-brown. VOICE Little known. — 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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