Common Rosefinch

Carpodacus erythrinus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

CORO

Code 6

CARERY

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Rosefinch is the most widespread finch found in Europe, where it spread from Asia. Its breeding grounds are located in Sweden, Siberia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Himalaya, Tibet, China and Japan. In winter months, they migrate to southern Iran, southeastern China, India, Burma and Indochina. Preferred habitats in the summer include thickets or woodlands, and edges of forests with rivers nearby. In winter months, they prefer gardens, orchards, swamps and dry oak forests. They build nests low in the trees, and typically produce a brood of 3-4 each breeding season. The conservation rating for the Common Rosefinch is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Common Rosefinch: Small, stocky finch, red upperparts and breast, faintly streaked brown back, white underparts. Bill is dark gray and stout. Wings and tail are dark brown. Legs and feet are gray-brown. Forages on ground and in trees and shrubs for seeds and insects. Bounding flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Common Rosefinch: Found in throughout Western Europe and much of Asia. Breeds across northern Eurasia and winters across southern Eurasia. Rare vagrant to the western Aleutians and Alaska during migration. Preferred habitats include scrubby areas, especially near water and often near human habitation.

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Common Rosefinch SONGS AND CALLS

Common Rosefinch E1

Song is a flutelike "chEEro-VEEcheeo".

Common Rosefinch E2

Song and "twee-eek" calls.

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Voice Text

"chEEro-VEEcheeo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • First-year birds tend to disperse further than adults which explains why colonizing birds are almost always dull-plumaged (young) males.
  • A group of rosefinches are collectively known as a "bouquet" of finches.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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