755. Propasser pulcherrimus

755. Propasser pulcherrimus.

The Beautiful Rose-Finch.

Propasser pulcherrima, Hodgs, in Gray's Zool. Misc. p. 85 (1844, sine descr.*). Propasser pulcherrimus, Moore, P. Z. 8. 1855, p. 216; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 460; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 402; Hume, N. & E. p. 471; id. Cat. no. 743 ; Oates in Humes N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 153. Carpodacus davidianus, Milne-Edwards, Nouv. Arch. Mus. i, Bull, p. 19, pl. ii, fig. 2 (1864). Carpodacus pulcherrimus (Moore), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 429.

Coloration. Male. Upper plumage ashy brown streaked with dark brown, the crown tinged with rosy; the rump rosy red; the upper tail-coverts rosy brown with dark shaft-streaks ; wing-coverts blackish, broadly edged with- ashy rufous; quills and tail black, narrowly edged with ruddy brown, the tertiaries more broadly with ashy; a very broad supercilium, cheeks, ear-coverts, chin, throat, and a small portion of the forehead pale rosy, with the black bases of the feathers showing more or less ; lores and a band behind the eye rosy brown ; breast and abdomen rosy red, with black shafts ; sides of the body brown, streaked darker ; under tail-coverts rosy red, with large black centres.

Female. The whole upper plumage fulvous-brown, streaked with black ; wing-coverts, quills, and tail dark brown or black, margined with fulvous-brown ; a very indistinct supercilium fulvous, mottled with brown; sides of the head and neck and the whole lower plumage ashy white, tinged with fulvous and densely streaked with brown.

Iris reddish brown; bill horny brown with the lower mandible greyish ; legs rosy grey (David).

Length about 6 ; tail 2.6; wing 3; tarsus .75; bill from gape .45.

Distribution. The Himalayas from Kumaun to Sikhim, extending to Western China.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
755. Propasser pulcherrimus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Beautiful Rose Finch
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch
Carpodacus pulcherrimus
Vol. 2

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