467. Carpodacus severtzovi

467. Subsp. Carpodacus severtzovi.
Carpodacus severtzovi, Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1886, p. 354 ; id. Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 400 ; Tacz. O. Sib. O. p. 658 ; Oates, F. B. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 220.
Male ad. (Tibet) Differs from C. rubicilla in being considerably paler, the upper parts being pale ashy brown, tinged with rose red, the rump rose-red, the under parts much paler rose-red, not scarlet, the lower abdomen and under tail-coverts ashy white, tinged with rose. Culmen 0.67, wing 4.5, tail 3.45, tarsus 1.0 inch. The female differs from that of C. rubicilla in being much paler.
Hab. Turkestan, Gilgit, Ladak, Kashgar, Tibet, Tsaidam. In the summer it inhabits the mountains at from 10,000 to 12,000 feet elevation, descending lower for the winter.
In habits it does not differ from C. rubicilla. A nest and eggs stated to be those of this species were taken by Dr. Stoliczka in the province of Rupshu, Western Tibet, on the 7th July. The nest, which was placed on the ground under a furze-bush, was constructed of coarse grass, lined with goat’s hair and a little vegetable fibre, and the eggs are pale greenish blue with a few good sized spots and many tiny specks of black or blackish brown, confined entirely to the broader half of the egg ; in size they average about 0.98 by 0.69.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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467. Carpodacus severtzovi
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H. E. Dresser
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Carpodacus rubicilla severtzovi
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