(1053) Pyrrhospiza punicea punicea.
The red-Breasted Rose-Finch.
Pyrrhospiza punicea Hodgs., J. A. S. B , xiii, p. 953 (1844) (Nepal) ; Blanf. & Oates, ii, p 211 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. - Adult male. Forehead and short, broad supercilium glistening crimson; rump rosy-red; remaining upper plumage, wing-coverts and tail dark brown, each feather edged with light brown and the lower wing-coverts washed with crimson ; lores and a streak through the eye brown, streaked with darker brown; cheeks, ear-coverts, chin, throat and upper breast, sometimes extending on to the lower breast and abdomen, crimson, most, of the feathers with white centres and brown bases ; abdomen and posterior flanks brown, streaked with blackish ; under tail-coverts brown, broadly edged with rosy-white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill horny to dark brown; legs and feet brown, generally with a fleshy tinge.
Measurements. Total length about 190 to 210 mm.; wing 102 to 117 mm.; tail 74 to 83 mm ; tarsus 23 to 24 mm.; culmen about 14 to 15 mm.
Female. Whole head and upper plumage dark brown, each feather margined with pale yellowish brown, the edges to those on the rump being yellowish green; lower plumage pale dull fulvous streaked with dark brown and a little more buS on the breast.
Young birds are like the female but darker and without the green wash on the rump.
Distribution. Nepal, Sikkim; Chambi Valley, Tibet; S.E. Tibet and hills North of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Not known.
Habits. Very little recorded but probably similar to those of the much better-known race nest described.