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Dark-breasted rosefinch

Dark-breasted rosefinch
Male at 9,800 ft in East Sikkim of the state of Sikkim, India
Female at 6,500 ft in Khangchendzonga National Park, West Sikkim, India
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Procarduelis
Blyth, 1843
P. nipalensis
Binomial name
Procarduelis nipalensis
(Hodgson, 1836)

The dark-breasted rosefinch (Procarduelis nipalensis) is a species of true finch in the monotypic genus Procarduelis. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are boreal forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland.


The dark-breasted rosefinch was formerly placed in the genus Carpodacus but was moved Procarduelis based on the results from the phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences.[2][3]


Subspecific variation is mostly clinal, with the plumage becoming darker from west to east.[4] There are between two-three recognised subspecies:[5]

  • P. n. nipalensisHodgson, 1836: The nominate, it is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaon to Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and southeastern Tibet. Populations from southwestern China, south Tibet, and northern Vietnam are sometimes separated as a distinct subspecies, P. n. intensicolor.
  • P. n. kangraeWhistler, 1939: in the western Himalayas, from Kashmir to Garhwal.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Procarduelis nipalensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22720550A94672357. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22720550A94672357.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  2. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ Zuccon, Dario; Prŷs-Jones, Robert; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Ericson, Per G.P. (2012). "The phylogenetic relationships and generic limits of finches (Fringillidae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62 (2): 581–596. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.002. PMID 22023825.
  4. ^ Clement, Peter (2020-03-04). Del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Sargatal, Jordi; Christie, David; De Juana, Eduardo (eds.). "Dark-breasted Rosefinch (Procarduelis nipalensis)". Birds of the World. doi:10.2173/bow.dabros1.01. S2CID 216485275.
  5. ^ "Finches, euphonias, longspurs, Thrush-tanager – IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2021-06-21.

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