760. Propasser edwardsi.
Carpodacus edwardsii, Verr. Nouv. Arch. Mus. vi, Bull. p. 39 (1870), vii, Bull. p. 58, viii, Bull. pl. 3, fig. 4; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 418. Propasser saturatus, Blanf. J. A. S. B. xli, pt. ii, p. 168, pl. viii (1872) ; id. Ibis, 1873, p. 218; Hume, S. F.i, p. 418. Propasser edwardsi (Verr.), Hume, S. F. vii, p. 415; id. Cat. no. 744 bis.
Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, and nape dull crimson, with black shaft-streaks ; a broad supercilium, cheeks, chin, and throat rosy pink, with dashes of the same on the forehead ; lores and sides of the head dull crimson ; back, rump, scapulars, and upper tail-coverts brown washed with crimson, the back and scapulars with broad black streaks; wing-coverts, quills, and tail blackish margined with reddish brown, the coverts and tertiaries also tipped with pale rosy; breast dark rosy red, with black shaft-streaks; remainder of lower parts pink, with black shaft-streaks.
Female. Similar to the female of C. rhodopeplus, from which it can only be separated by its slightly shorter tail, measuring about 2'6 (whereas in the other species the tail measures quite 2.8); by the colour of the lores and ear-coverts, which are brown mottled with buff (not black) ; and by the less distinct supercilium.
Length about 6.5; tail 2.7 ; wing 3.1; tarsus .9; bill from gape .58.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Nepal to Bhutan, extending to the mountains of Western China. This species occurs at high levels, Mandelli having procured it at 10,000 feet.