477. Carpodacus pulcherrimus

477. HODGSON’S ROSE-FINCH.
CARPODACUS PULCHERRIMUS.
Carpodacus pulcherrimus (Hodgson) in Gray’s Zool. Misc. p. 85 (1844) ; (Moore), P.Z.S. 1855, p. 216 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 429 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 215 ; C. davidianus, Milne- Edwards, Nouv. Archiv. Mus. i. p. 19, pl. 2, fig. 2 (1864) ; (David and Oust.) Ois. Chine, p. 354, pl. 95.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Forehead, crown, nape, and upper parts generally hair-brown, tinged with grey on the back, broadly striped with blackish brown ; rump pale rose almost unstriped ; wings and tail dark brown with paler margins ; supercilium and cheeks silvery rose ; under parts pale rose, the. dark bases of the feathers showing through on the throat and breast ; lower abdomen paler ; flanks striped with dark brown ; bill horn brown the lower mandible greyish, legs rosy grey, iris reddish brown. Culmen 0.42, wing 3.02, tail 2.57, tarsus 0.75 inch. The female has the upper parts fulvous brown streaked with blackish brown, under parts ashy white tinged with fulvous and closely streaked with dark brown, the supercilium indistinctly fulvous, mottled with brown.
Hab. The Himalayas from Kumaun to Sikhim, S.E. Tibet, S.E. Mongolia, the Utai-shan mountain range, Central and North China to Ordos.
Is found in the more elevated portions of the mountains and is resident, frequenting both bushes and trees, feeding on buds and small seeds. Its nest, which is placed in a bush, is con¬structed of fern leaves and grass-bents, lined with hair and feathers, and is neatly formed and cup-shaped. The eggs, 5 in number, are rich turquoise-blue spotted with brown. Its call- note is a low, plaintive whistle, and its song pleasing but little varied.
Three other species of Carpodacus may very probably occur within the Palaearctic area, though they have not yet been obtained there. These are Carpodacus rhodochrous (Vigors) which inhabits the Himalayas from Dharmsala to Nepal, C. rhodopeplus (Vigors) which inhabits the Himalayas from Garhwal to Sikhim, and C. verreauxi (David) which has been obtained in the elevated mountain valleys above Moupin.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
477. Carpodacus pulcherrimus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
477
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
325
Common name: 
Hodgson’s Rose Finch
M_ID: 
30691
M_CN: 
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch
M_SN: 
Carpodacus pulcherrimus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10368

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