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Photo by Rajsurin
Uttarakhand, India, December 2016
Carpodacus sipahi

Identification

Female
Photo by Rajsurin
Uttarakhand, India, December 2016

18–19 cm (7-7½ in)

  • Adult male - bright red, black wings and tail and pale yellow bill.
  • Adult female - uniform scaly plumage of dull olive-green, yellow rump and pale yellow bill.

Similar Species

The male is a much brighter red than any Rosefinch (Carpodacus) species that may be encountered in similar habitat. The female's scaly plumage differentiates it from female Rosefinches.

Distribution

Asia: found in the Himalayas (Nepal) to south-western China, Myanmar, northern Laos and northern Vietnam)

Taxonomy

Female
Photo by Rajsurin
Uttarakhand, India, December 2016

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly included in the genus Haematospiza.

Habitat

Temperate montane fir and broad-leaf forests; generally in clearing and forest edges.

Behaviour

Diet

Their varied diet consists of seeds, berries and buds, with the occasional insect taken.

Breeding

Their nest is a large structure of twigs, roots, grass and other plant fibres.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)

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