Genus PROPASSER

Propasser Hodgs., in Gray's Zool. Misc., p, 84 (1844). Type, Propasser rodochrous Vigors.

The genus Propasser includes the true Rose-Finches, the males of which are characterized by their rose-coloured plumage and the females by their streaked brown plumage without any green or yellow. The bill of Propasser is smaller but stouter in shape than that of Pyrrhospiza; the wing is rather blunt, the secondaries falling short of the primaries by less than the length of the tarsus; a supercilium is present in both sexes.

Key to Species.

A. Supercilium crimson or rose-red.
a. Crown of head broadly streaked with dark brown or blackish.
a1. Forehead and supercilium rosy-pink with white shaft-lines…………P. thura, p. 123.
b1. Forehead and supercilium rosy-pink and brown with no shaft-lines…….P. pulcherrimus, p. 126.
b. Crown of head uniform or with fine dark shaft-lines only. c1. Rump rosy-red contrasting with back.
a2. Scapulars with no rosy-red spots.
a3.. Wing over 90 mm…………….P. rhodochlamys, p. 128.
b3. Wing under 90 mm.
a4. Feathers of back with con¬spicuous dark centres…..P. rodochrous, P. 129.
b4. Back almost uniform dark crimson …….P. vinaceus, P-133.
b2. Scapulars with rosy – pink streaks…….P. ripponi, p. 132.
c2. Scapulars and inner secondaries with large spots of rosy-red...P. rodopeplus, p. 130.
d1 Rump only tinged with rosy-red not contrasting with back……..P. edwardsii, p. 131.
B. Supercilium buff or ochraceous.
c. Ground-colour of lower plumage not uniform; abdomen whitish …..P. thura, p. 124.
d. Ground-colour of lower plumage uniform.
e1. Lower plumage ashy - white, streaked with brown.
d2. Wing under 90 mm………………P. pulcherrimus, p. 127.
e2. Wing over 90 mm………………..P. rhodochlamys, p. 129.
f1. Lower plumage ochraceous-buff, streaked with brown.
f2. Wing under 80 mm.
c3. Upper plumage ashy-brown…………P. rhodochrous, p. 130.
d3. Upper plumage ochraceous-brown.
c4. Supercilium very faint…………….P. vinaceus, p. 333,
d4. Supercilium broad and conspicuous………….P. ripponi p. 133.
g2. Wing over 80 mm.
e3. Lores and ear-coverts blackish……..P. rodopeplus, p. 131.
f3. Lores and ear-coverts brown mottled with buff………….P. edwardsii, p. 132.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
Genus PROPASSER
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
122
M_ID: 
30672
M_SN: 
Carpodacus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
3836

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