766. Procarduelis rubescens.
Procarduelis rubescens, Blanf. P. Z. S. 1871, p. 694, pl. 74; Hume, Cat. no. 746 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 184. Procarduelis mandellii, Hume, S. F. i, pp. 14, 318 (1873).
Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage, scapulars, lesser and median wing-coverts crimson, brightest on the crown, the bases of the feathers showing through more or less everywhere and imparting a brownish hue to the plumage; greater coverts brown, edged with red in some specimens, with rufous or fulvous brown in others ; tertiaries the same; remaining quills and tail-feathers dark brown, narrowly margined with reddish; lores and a band through the eye over the ear-coverts brown stippled with red ; the whole lower plumage rosy red, the lower part of the abdomen whitish ; the under tail-coverts pale brown, edged with white; under wing-coverts and axillaries greyish brown tinged with fulvous.
Female. In general appearance similar to the female of F. nepalensis, but the whole upper plumage, except the back, and the margins of the wings and tail suffused with crimson, of which there is not a trace in the other species ; the lower plumage much paler, becoming albescent on the abdomen.
Length about 5.5 ; tail 2.2 ; wing 3.3; tarsus .75 ; bill from gape '55. The bill is thicker in this species than in nepalensis.
Distribution. Sikhim and the eastern portion of Nepal, probably at high elevations.