1066. Propasser vinaceus vinaceus

(1066) Propasser vinaceus vinaceus.

The Vinaceous Rose-Finch.

Carpodacus vinaceus Terr., Nouv. Arch, Mus., vi, Bull. p. 39 (1870) (Chinese Tibet).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. - Male. A supercilium glistening pale pink; whole upper surface deep crimson, rather brighter on the head; lores and feathers round the eye dusky-crimson; wing-feathers black edged with crimson, the inner secondaries with conspicuous pale pink tips to the outer webs; tail blackish brown edged with crimson; whole lower plumage crimson, brighter than the back, with fine black shaft-lines, obsolete in old birds; axillaries and under wing-coverts brownish crimson.

Colours of soft parts. Iris golden brown; bill brown, paler at the base and on the lower mandible; legs and feet brown (Goodfellow). Iris dark brown (Forrest).

Measurements. Total length about 150 mm.; wing 69 to 71 mm.; tail about 58 mm.; tarsus about 20 mm.; culmen about 10 to 11 mm.

Female. Above ochraceous brown with darker centres, not very conspicuous; wings and tail blackish brown edged with ochraceous brown, the innermost secondaries with broad buff margins to the outer webs; lower plumage rather brighter and lighter than the back, the throat and upper breast with fairly broad black median streaks, the lower breast and abdomen only finely streaked. A few females show slight indications of a buff supercilium.

Distribution. Szechuan, Kansu, Yunnan in W, China, and Shan States. Harington obtained it in the Bhamo District. C. v. formosanus is a bigger bird, measuring in the wing 74 to 79 mm.

Nidification. Unknown.

Habits. In Yunnan Forrest found this Rose-Finch frequenting both pine-forests and thickets at an elevation between 8,000 and 9,000 feet during August and September and at 11,000 feet in July.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1066. Propasser vinaceus vinaceus
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Vinaceous Rose Finch
Vinaceous Rosefinch
Carpodacus vinaceus
Vol. 3

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