757. Propasser grandis.
The Red-mantled Rose-Finch.
Carpodacus grandis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 810 (1849); id. Cat. p. 342; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 404. Propasser rhodochlamys (Brandt), apud Horsf. 8/ M. Cat. ii, p. 458; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 401; Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 60; Hume & Henders. Bah. to Yark. p. 259; Hume, Cat. no. 741; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 84; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 578.
Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage and the visible portions of the closed wings and tail rosy brown, becoming pure rosy on the rump; the feathers of the head and back with dark brown streaks; supercilium, sides of head, chin, and throat pale shining rosy, the feathers all pointed; lores and a band behind the eye reddish brown; lower plumage rosy red ; under wing-coverts and axillaries rosy white.
Female. Upper plumage ashy brown, streaked darker everywhere; the lower plumage ashy white, streaked with dark brown ; wings and tail brown, the feathers with paler margins ; an indistinct supercilium pale buff mottled with brown.
Iris light brown; bill greyish brown, the lower mandible albescent legs pinkish carneous brown (Wardlaw Ramsay).
Length about 7 ; tail 3.1; wing 3.6; tarsus .8; bill from gape .65.
This species differs from the true P. rhodochlamys, Brandt, in having no rosy plumes on the forehead.
Distribution. The whole Himalayas from Afghanistan and Gilgit eastwards to Garhwal and Kumaun. In the British Museum there is also a single female said to have been procured in Sikhim by Mandelli, but there is no original label attached to this specimen and I fear that some mistake may have been made regarding the locality. This Rose-Finch is found from about 4000 to 9000 feet according to season.