479. Carpodacus thura

Carpodacus thura, Bp. and Schleg. Mon. Lox. p. 21, pl. 23 (1850) ; (Moore), P.Z.S. 1855, p. 215, pl. 113 ; (David and Oust.) Ois. Chine, p. 357 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 425 ; (Oates), F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 213 ; C. dubius, Prjev. Mongol i Strand Tangut. ii. p. 92, tab. xiii. (1876) ; Sharpe, tom. cit. p. 427 ; Propasser blythi, Biddulph, Ibis, 1882, p. 283, pl. ix.
Male ad. (Sikhim). Lores and feathers round the base of the bill crimson, those on the forehead with silvery tips ; a broad supercilium, cheeks, ear-coverts, chin, and throat rose-pink striped with silvery white ; a broad band behind the eye blackish ; crown, nape, and upper parts generally dark brown boldly streaked with blackish ; lump rose-pink ; wings and tail blackish brown, the quills margined with rosy white or rose-buff ; wing coverts margined and tipped with dull pink ; under parts rose pink, the lower abdomen whitish ; under tail-coverts blackish, margined with rose ; bill brown ; legs grey ; iris chestnut-brown. Culmen 0.48, wing 3.3, tail 2.9, tarsus 0.9 inch. The female has the red replaced by yellowish, the cheeks and ear-coverts pale rufous streaked with blackish, the feathers at the base of the upper bill buff marked with black ; chin, throat, breast, and flanks pale rufous streaked with black ; abdomen bully white ; under tail-coverts blackish margined with buffy white.
Hab. Gilgit, Nepal, Sikhim, Tibet, Alashan, Kan-su, and Amdos.
It inhabits the more elevated portions of the mountains, and has been met with at 11,000 feet and above. It frequents rhododendron bushes, grassy slopes, thickets, on the banks of rivers, and juniper bushes. Its song is very weak, but its call or alarm-note is unpleasant and somewhat resembles the syllables brijj, brijj, brijj. Mandelli obtained a nest at Dolaka in Nepal in August which was built in a thorn bush, cup¬shaped, and constructed of line grass, coated exteriorly with brown moss, and lined with white fur. The eggs, 3 in number, are dull greenish blue, sparingly marked with brownish grey, and measure about 0.87 by 0.65.
Carpodacus ambiguus (Hume) Str. Feath. ii. p. 326 (1874), which may possibly occur within the Palaearctic area, is a sub¬species differing from C. thura in the absence of the silvery rose on the forehead and supercilium, and of the silvery markings on the throat. Only one male, which was obtained in Garhwal, is known.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
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479. Carpodacus thura
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White Browed Rose Finch
Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch
Carpodacus thura
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