(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.
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.