484. Uragus sibiricus

Uragus sibiricus (Pall.), Reis. Buss. Reichs, ii. Anhang. p. 711 (1771) ; David and Oust. Ois Chine, p. 357 ; Gould, B. of As. v. pl. 27 ; Sharpe, Oat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 464 ; Dresser, ix. p. 205, pl. 678 ; Tacz. P. O. Sib. O. p. 663 ; U. caudatus (Pall.), Zoogr. Boss. As. ii. p. 10, Tab. 37 (1811) ; U. longicaudus (Temm.), Man. d’Orn. i. p. 340 (1820) ; (Gould), B. of E. iii. pl. 205.
Male ad. (E. Siberia). Forehead and lores rich rose-red, the rest of the head silvery white, tinged with rose ; back rose-red striped with dark brown, with silvery white margins ; rump and upper tail-coverts rosy red ; quills blackish margined (more broadly on the secondaries) with white ; wing-coverts blackish, broadly tipped with white ; the lesser coverts tinged with rosy-red ; outer rectrices white, middle rectrices blackish, margined with white ; underparts rosy red, the abdomen white, tinged with rose ; throat and neck silvery white, tinged with rose, the feathers lanceolate ; under tail-coverts pale rosy red ; bill horn-brown, paler below ; legs reddish grey ; iris brown. Culmen 0.38, wing 3.1, tail 3.6, tarsus 0.65 inch. In the summer the male is more richly tinged with rosy red, and the margins to the leathers are narrower. The female has the upper parts greyish brown, striped with dark brown, the rump and upper tail coverts unstriped and washed with rose, under parts brownish ash, nearly white on the abdomen, the throat and breast striated, with blackish brown, the flanks indistinctly striped and tinged with rose.
Hab. Siberia from the Ural range to the Pacific ; Turkestan. Mongolia, Manchuria, and N. China.
Frequents the sunny bush-covered mountain-slopes and bushes on the banks of rivers and streams, and is not a forest- loving species. Its food consists of small seeds of various kinds of plants. Throughout its range it is partly migratory, wander¬ing south in the autumn, and partly resident. Its alarm-note is a low fit, fit, fit, and its song, though low, is melodious and prolonged. Its nest is usually placed in the fork of a bush, near the main stem, and is constructed of bents and plant-fibres. lined with bents, fur, horsehair, down, and feathers, and is neat and artistic in shape. The eggs, 4 to 6 in number, are usually deposited in May, and are rich blue, sparingly spotted, chiefly at the larger end, with black, and vary in size from 0.67 by 0.55 to 0.77 by 0.55 inch.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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484. Uragus sibiricus
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H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Long Tailed Rose Finch
Long-tailed Rosefinch
Carpodacus sibiricus
Vol. 1

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