751. Haematospiza sipahi

751. Haematospiza sipahi.

The Scarlet Finch.

Corythus sipahi, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 151 (1830). Haematospiza boetonensis (Lath.), Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 951 (1844) ; id. Oat. p. 122. Haematospiza sipahi (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 342; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 454; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 394; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 110 ; Hume, Cat. no. 735. Carpodacus sipahi (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 397.

The Scarlet Grosbeak, Jerd.; Phanying-pho biu, Lepch.; Labbia maphoo, Bhut.

Coloration. Male. The whole head and body brilliant scarlet, the concealed bases of the feathers ashy; wings black, every feather margined with scarlet; tail black with narrow crimson margins; thighs black ; under tail-coverts black, with scarlet tips ; axillaries and under wing-coverts ashy, with very small scarlet tips.

Female. Rump bright yellow; with this exception the whole upper plumage, sides of neck, lesser and median wing-coverts are dark brown, each feather with a large and well-defined greenish-yellow margin; greater coverts and quills dark brown, margined with greenish yellow on the outer webs ; tail dark brown, with a greenish-yellow tinge on the outer webs ; region of the eye and cheeks ochraceous yellow; ear-coverts greenish yellow with pale shafts; the whole lower plumage pale ochraceous, each feather with a subterminal black mark showing more or less clearly and sometimes concealed.

The young bird resembles the adult female; the male moults the first autumn into the female plumage again, but immediately after commences to assume the adult male plumage by a change of colour in the feathers, and probably attains the full plumage by the first breeding-season.

Bill yellow; legs brown; iris hazel-brown (Jerdon).

Length about 7.5; tail 2.8; wing 4; tarsus .8; bill from gape .8.

Distribution. Nepal and Sikhim from 5000 to 10,000 feet according to season; the Khasi hills.

Habits, &c. According to Jerdon frequents both forest and bushy ground and has a loud whistling note. This species is captured in the Khasi hills and kept in captivity.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
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751. Haematospiza sipahi
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Scarlet Finch
Scarlet Finch
Carpodacus sipahi
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