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Photo by paux
Lanzhou, China, June 2014
Carpodacus stoliczkae


14·5–16 cm; a very pale Rosefinch


Asia: found locally in Afghanistan and China.


Formerly considered conspecific with Sinai Rosefinch


Three subspecies recognized:

  • C. s. salimalii in central Afghanistan
  • C. s. stoliczkae in western China ( (south-western Xinjiang)
  • C. s. beicki in central China (Sining Ho region of north-eastern Qinghai to north-western Gansu)


Hot deserts.



Their diet consists mostly of seed, buds and shoots.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. 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 February 2015)

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