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A photo of a Pink-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodochroa), male
Pink-browed Rosefinch, Male

Pink-browed Rosefinch

Carpodacus rodochroa

The Pink-browed Rosefinch, Carpodacus rodochroa, presents a striking dichotomy between the sexes. The male is adorned in a vibrant raspberry pink plumage, accentuated by a distinctive "browed" facial pattern, and exhibits faint streaking upon its back. In contrast, the female is cloaked in a more subdued brown, with streaked buffy underparts, broad white eyebrows, and a delicate pattern of light streaks across her pale cheeks and throat.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Pink-browed Rosefinch, look for the male's bright pink coloration and the clean facial pattern with a prominent brow. The female can be recognized by her brown plumage, streaked underparts, and the notable white eyebrows. Both sexes share a similar size and shape typical of finches in their family.

Habitat

This species is known to inhabit boreal forests, as well as subtropical or tropical dry forests, where it can be observed flitting among the trees.

Distribution

The Pink-browed Rosefinch graces the northern realms of the Indian subcontinent, predominantly within the majestic Himalayas. It is a migratory bird, traversing the landscapes of Bhutan, Tibet, India, Nepal, and Pakistan throughout the seasons.

Behaviour

As a migratory species, the Pink-browed Rosefinch exhibits seasonal movements across its range. Observations of its behavior in the wild suggest a life adapted to the forested environments it calls home.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Pink-browed Rosefinch as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face immediate threats to its survival. However, continued monitoring is essential to ensure it remains out of danger.

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