Tibetan rosefinch

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Tibetan rosefinch
Tibetan Rosefinch imported from iNaturalist photo 66203366 on 18 April 2022.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Carpodacus
C. roborowskii
Binomial name
Carpodacus roborowskii
(Przewalski, 1887)

The Tibetan rosefinch (Carpodacus roborowskii), also known as Roborovski's rosefinch, is a species of rosefinch in the finch family Fringillidae. It is sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Kozlowia. It is endemic to the Tibetan Plateau. Its natural habitat is montane tundra.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The Tibetan rosefinch is found in northeastern Tibet, in the Buckhan Boda Shan, Amne Machin and Kunlun mountains in Qinghai. These birds live among rocky steppes and alpine pastures, in areas with sparse vegetation. Because of its desolate habitat, the Tibetan rosefinch's range is shared with few other birds, aside from Brandt's mountain finch.[2]


Tibetan rosefinches are diurnal. They live mostly on the ground, traveling quickly hopping in search of food.


Tibetan rosefinches are ground feeders. They feed mainly on seeds, as well as fragments of flowers including the lousewort (Pedicularis).[3]


The Tibetan rosefinch is mainly silent. Its call consists of brief whistling, along with louder trills, particularly in flight.[3][4] It occasionally makes hissing sounds.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Carpodacus roborowskii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22720616A94675837. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22720616A94675837.en. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  2. ^ Clement, P.; Harris, A.; Davis, J. (2010). Finches and Sparrows. Helm Identification Guides. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4081-3530-3. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  3. ^ a b c Clement, P (2019). Del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Sargatal, Jordi; Christie, David; De Juana, Eduardo (eds.). "Tibetan Rosefinch (Carpodacus roborowskii)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. doi:10.2173/bow.tibros1.01. S2CID 216302008. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Tibetan Rosefinch (Carpodacus roborowskii) :: xeno-canto". xeno-canto. 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2019-09-03.