758. Propasser rhodochrous.
The Pink-browed Rose-Finch.
Fringilla rhodochroa, Vigors, P. Z. S. 1831, p. 23; Gould, Cent. pl. 31, fig. 2. Propasser rhodochrous (Vig.), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 459; Jerd. Ii. I. ii, p. 402; Stoliczka, J. A. S. R. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 60; Brooks, S. F. iii, p. 255; Hume, Cat. no. 742. Carpodacus rhodochrous (Vig.), Blyth, Cat. p. 122; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 413.
Gulabi tuti, Nep.; Cheerya, Nep. plains.
Coloration. Male. Crown and nape dusky crimson, with faint shaft streaks; back and scapulars ruddy brown, streaked darker ; rump rosy red; upper tail-coverts dull crimson; wing-coverts, quills, and tail dark brown, margined with ruddy brown; lores and a broad band behind the eye crimson-brown ; a supercilium, cheeks, ear-coverts, and entire lower plumage rosy red, the plumage of the head with a pearly tinge; under wing-coverts and axillaries ashy rosy.
Female. Whole upper plumage olive-brown, broadly streaked with dark brown; wing-coverts, quills, and tail dark brown margined with olive-brown ; a broad conspicuous ochraceous supercilium ; lores and a band behind the eye dark brown; cheeks, chin, and upper throat ashy, streaked brown ; the whole lower plumage ochraceous buff, streaked with dark brown.
The young resemble the adult female.
Upper mandible, legs and feet dark brown; lower mandible a lighter brown, fleshy brown towards the base; iris red-brown (Hume).
Length 6 ; tail 2.6; wing 2.8 ; tarsus .75 ; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Dharmsala to Nepal, not occurring in summer much below 7000 feet according to Stoliczka. Royle, as quoted by Jerdon, asserts that this Rose-Finch occurs in the plains near Saharanpur.
Godwin-Austen (J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 110) refers to this species, with some doubt, a female specimen of a Rose-Finch procured in the Khasi hills by him.