752. Propyrrhula subhimalayensis

752. Propyrrhula subhimalayensis.

The Red-headed Rose-Finch.

Corythus subhimachalus, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 152 (1836). Propyrrhula subhemachalana, Hodgs., Blyth, J. A. S. B. xiii, p. 952 (1844) ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 454. Propyrrhula subhimachala (Hodgs.), Blyth, Cat. p. 123; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 396; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 200; Hume, Cat. no. 736. Propyrrhula subhimalayensis * (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 462.

Coloration. Male. Forehead, supercilium, cheeks, chin, and throat crimson ; fore neck and upper breast duller crimson, with the feathers subterminally paler, causing a mottled appearance; remainder of lower plumage greyish brown, paler on the abdomen; crown, nape, hind neck, sides of head and neck, back, scapulars, and wing-coverts dull crimson, each feather with a brown centre ; rump and upper tail-coverts bright crimson; quills and tail brown, margined with reddish.

Female. Forehead and an indistinct supercilium rather bright yellow; anterior part of crown yellow, the feathers with dusky centres, becoming ashy on the posterior portion of the crown, and the nape with narrow yellowish margins; back, scapulars, and wing-coverts bright olive-yellow, the feathers with dusky centres; rump and upper tail-coverts nearly pure olive-yellow; quills and tail brown, edged with olive-yellow; sides of the head ashy; lores, cheeks, and chin pale grey mottled with ashy; throat and sides of neck ashy; breast yellow, with ashy bases to the feathers; remainder of lower parts ashy, paler on the abdomen.

The young birds resemble the adult female.

Bill fleshy brown; legs pale brown ; iris hazel-brown (Jerdon).

Length about 3 ; tail 3.2; wing 3.8; tarsus .8; bill from gape .6.

Distribution. Nepal; Sikhim; Manipur.

Habits, &c. Jerdon states that he found tins species near Darjeeling, frequenting the more open parts of the woods in small parties.

* As pointed out by Sharpe, it will be convenient to employ this name for the present species rather than subhimachalus and subhemachalana.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
752. Propyrrhula subhimalayensis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Red Headed Rose Finch
Crimson-browed Finch
Carpodacus subhimachalus
Vol. 2

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