Carpodacus erythrinus, Pallas.
738. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 398; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 498 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 417 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 189 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 129.
THE COMMON ROSE FINCH.
Length, 5.5 ; wing, 3.25 ; tail, 2.25.
Bill yellowish-brown ; irides light-brown ; feet horny-brown.
Male, in winter plumage, has the head, throat, breast, moustachial stripe, rump, and flanks of abdomen, roseate color, deepest upon the crown, throat, and breast, and paling on the flanks; upper plumage generally brown, more or less ruddy, brightening towards the rump and on the upper tail-coverts; the wing-coverts tipped with ruddy-brown, forming two pale bars on the wing; tertiaries margined with pale-brown; quills and tail-feathers with ruddy edgings. In summer the crown, throat, breast, and rump become brilliant crimson.
The female is pale olive-brown with dark streaks, the tips of the greater and lesser wing-coverts whitish, forming two con¬spicuous bands on the wings ; below paler brown, albescent on the throat, the middle of the belly and the under tail-coverts, and darker and somewhat streaked on the breast and flanks.
The Rose Finch is found during the winter in all suitable localities in the district. It is partial to hilly forest tracts.