471. Carpodacus sinaiticus

471. SINAITIC ROSE-FINCH.
CARPODACUS SINAITICUS.
Carpodacus sinaiticus, Bp. and Schlegel, Monogr. Lox. p. 17, pl. 18 (1850) ; Dresser, iv. p. 73, pl. 194 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 403.
Male ad. (Sinai). Feathers at the base of the bill deep rosy carmine ; fore-crown, sides of head and throat rose-carmine, the feathers pointed, and glossed with silvery white ; central and hind-crown duller red tinged with brownish grey ; back smoky brownish grey indistinctly darker striped and washed with red ; rump rose-carmine ; wings and tail dull brown with paler external margins, lesser wing-coverts tinged with red ; under parts paler ruse-carmine, the middle of the abdomen and under tail-coverts nearly white ; bill light horn with a faint red tinge ; legs light brown ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.42, wing 3.5, tail 2.72, tarsus 0.8 inch. The female is greyish isabelline brown, darker above and striped with brown, and paler on the under parts.
Hab. Southern Palestine, Arabia-Petraea, and the peninsula, of Sinai.
In its general habits it is lively but somewhat shy, frequenting rocky localities on the sunny side of mountains, and is generally to be seen on the ground, and not on bushes. It feeds on small seeds. I do not find anything on record respecting its nidifica┬Čtion.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
471. Carpodacus sinaiticus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
471
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
322
Common name: 
Sinaitic Rose Finch
M_ID: 
30706
M_CN: 
Sinai Rosefinch
M_SN: 
Carpodacus synoicus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10812

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