1069. Carpodacus erythrinus roseatus

(1069) Carpodacus erythrinus roseatus (Hodgs.).
Carpodacus erythrinus roseatus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iii, p. 137.
Hodgson’s Rose-Finch, as this bird has hitherto been called, breeds in great numbers from Ladak to Garhwal and thence Eastwards to Southern Tibet, Sikkim, South-East Tibet and the West Chinese mountains.
It is a bird of rather higher elevations than the preceding form. Whymper obtained nests in Kuman and Garhwal between 11,000 and 12,000 feet, while Osmaston took many in Ladak between 10,500 and 12,600 feet.
It breeds both in the thin Birch and Silver-fir forest in their extreme upper limits and in open country, sometimes in very exposed positions, as, for instance, on the ridges leading to Changsil in Tehri Garhwal. The nest may be placed in almost any kind of low bush between eighteen inches and four feet from the ground, but the birds generally select thorny ones in which they are well concealed, Osmaston found one nest in dwarf willow scrub about five feet from the ground. The nest is just like that of the preceding bird, but both Whymper and Osmaston noticed that some nests were built completely of fine grass and were lined with fine roots with no admixture of hair or wool.
They breed during June, July and August, most birds laying in the latter half of July. I have eggs in my series taken from the 4th June to the 28th August.
The number of eggs laid is nearly always four. Rarely three only are incubated, and I once had a five sent me from Tibet.
The eggs cannot be distinguished from those of C. e. kubanensis, but spotless blue eggs are extremely rare, while a large proportion are marked with brown spots instead of black and others have distinct secondary blotches of pale brown and grey. In quite number of eggs the markings form fairly well defined rings. In shape they certainly average longer and are a little more pointed in proportion.
One hundred eggs average 20.8 x 14.5 mm. : maxima 23.3 x 14.0 and 21. 4 x 16.0 mm. ; minima 18.7 x 14.5 and 22.1 x 13.7 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1069. Carpodacus erythrinus roseatus
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common Indian Rose Finch Or Hodgsons Rose Finch
Carpodacus erythrinus roseatus
Vol. 3

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