Haematospiza Blyth, J. A. S. B., xiii, p. 951 (1844). Type, Haematospiza slpdhi Hodgs.
The genus Haematospiza is closely allied to Loxia, the male being red and the female greenish, but it approaches the Rose-Finches in having a normal-shaped bill though very stout and strong. The wing is long, reaching beyond the middle of the tail. The bases of the feathers of the head and neck are white in both sexes, generally showing through the prevailing colour of red or green.
Gmelin's name, indica (Syst. Nat. i, p. 847,1789), very doubtfully refers to this species and I therefore retain Hodgson's name of sipahi.