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Common Rosefinch - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Rayh
Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, June 2004
Carpodacus erythrinus


Photo © by Akihaka
Halikko Bay, Finland, June 2007


  • Bright rosy-pink head, breast and rump
  • Dark brown wings
  • 2 wing bars
  • White belly
  • Heavy bill


  • Yellowish-brown upperparts
  • Brighter rump
  • Buff underparts
  • Grey head


Photo © by Sanya
Kosmodem'yansky, Ruza, Moscow, Russia, June 2006

Breeding in Sweden, eastern Europe and Siberia, northern Iran, Pakistan, China, Tibet, and Japan.

Winters in south east China, Indochina, Burma, India and southern Iran.



This is a polytypic species, consisting of five subspecies:

  • C. e. erythrinus:
  • C. e. grebnitskii:
  • Eastern Siberia to Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk; winters to south-eastern China
  • C. e. kubanensis:
  • Caucasus to north-western Iran; winters to south-western Iran
  • C. e. ferghanensis:
  • C. e. roseatus:
  • Eastern Himalayas to Tibet and China; winters to southern India and Indochina


Ssp. roseatus : Immature Male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017

Woodland, forest edge, thickets, near water.



They mainly eat seeds, buds and shoots.


They nest in low bushes. The clutch consists of 5 brown-spotted, dark blue eggs.


They sing from an exposed perch.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728

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