759. Propasser rhodopeplus.
The Spotted-winged Rose-Finch.
Fringilla rhodopepla, Vigors, P. Z. S. 1831, p. 23; Gould, Cent. pl. 31, fig. 1. Propasser rhodopeplus (Vig.), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 458; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 400; Hume, Cat. no. 739. Carpodacus rhodopeplus (Vig), Blyth, Cat, p. 121; Sharpe, Cat B. M. xii, p. 417.
Gulabi tuti, Nep.
Coloration. Male. Upper plumage dark crimson-brown, the centres of the feathers darker; lower back streaked with rosy; rump-feathers broadly tipped rosy; wings and tail dark brown, every feather margined with crimson-brown; median coverts with a rosy tip; greater coverts and tertiaries with a rosy tip to the outer web only; a very broad supercilium pale shining rosy ; sides of the head and neck crimson-brown ; lower plumage rosy red, the crimson-brown bases of the feathers everywhere visible, the feathers of the throat pointed and tipped with pale shining rosy.
Female. The whole upper plumage olive-brown, tinged with ochraceous and closely streaked with blackish; wing and tail dark brown, the median and greater coverts tipped with ochraceous, the tertiaries with a long oblique patch of ochraceous on the outer web; all the quills and the tail margined with olive-brown; a broad ochraceous-buff supercilium; lores and ear-coverts blackish ; the whole lower plumage ochraceous buff, streaked with dark brown.
Bill horny-brown ; legs pale brown ; iris brown (Jerdon).
Length nearly 7; tail 2.9 ; wing 3.3; tarsus .9; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Garhwal to Sikhim.