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.