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Photo © by Tony.Saw
near Lhasa, Nepal
Carpodacus pulcherrimus


13–15 cm (5-6 in)

  • Long, slightly forked tail


  • Crimson lower forehead to lores and chin


Asia: found in Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Western Himalayas, Bhutan, western China



Two subspecies recognized:

  • C. p. pulcherrimus in the Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh to Nepal, Bhutan and southeast Tibet)
  • C. p. argyrophrys in western China (Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu and western Sichuan)

Formerly considered conspecific with Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch. The subspecies argyrophrys was also formerly placed in Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch.


Mountainous forest edges, with rhododendrons and oak.



The forage low to, or on, the ground for a variety of seeds and buds.


The construct a cup-shaped nest from grass, plant fibres, roots, strips of bark and animal hair. It is placed in a low bush or shrub.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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