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Photo by James Eaton
Wolong, Sichuan, China, June 2004
Carpodacus puniceus


Photo by Askar Isabekov
Kazakhstan, Tien Shan, February 2018

20 cm (7¾ in)

  • Red forehead, face and throat
  • Pinker underparts
  • Dusky upperparts
  • Curved culmen and ridged lower mandible


Asia: found in Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, and



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • C. p. kilianensis:
  • Mountains of Kyrgystan and Tajikistan to south-western Xinjiang and north-eastern Ladakh
  • C. p. humii:
  • C. p. puniceus:
  • C. p. sikangensis:
  • South West China (Minya Konka to Mula region of extreme western Sichuan)
  • C. p. longirostris:
  • West China (eastern Qinghai to Gansu and north-western Sichuan)


Their breeding areas are on montane plateaux, above the tree-line, on steep rocky slopes.



Their diet consists mostly of seeds, buds, flower-heads, petals and berries.


They are monogamous and solitary breeders. Their nest is a thick, bulky cup constructed from grass, plant fibres, roots and animal hair.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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