Blanford's rosefinch

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Blanford's rosefinch
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Agraphospiza
Zuccon, Prŷs-Jones, Rasmussen & Ericson, 2012
Species: A. rubescens
Binomial name
Agraphospiza rubescens
(Blanford, 1872)

The Blanford's rosefinch or crimson rosefinch (Agraphospiza rubescens) is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal. Its natural habitat is boreal forests.

Blanford's rosefinch was formerly placed in the genus Carpodacus with the other rosefinches. It was moved to the monotypic genus Agraphospiza based on the results from the phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences.[2][3] It differs from rosefinches in the genus Carpodacus. Both sexes have unstreaked plumage, the bill is thinner and less conical, the wings are more pointed and it has a shorter tail.[3]

Its common name commemorates the English zoologist William Thomas Blanford.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Carpodacus rubescens". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. p. 55.