Brown bullfinch

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Brown bullfinch
Pyrrhula nipalensis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Pyrrhula
Species: P. nipalensis
Binomial name
Pyrrhula nipalensis
Hodgson, 1836

The brown bullfinch (Pyrrhula nipalensis) is a species of bird in the true finch (or Fringillidae) family. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.[1]

The brown bullfinch is a relatively small 16.5 cm (6.5 in) bird with a grayish head, nape, and breast. Its diet consists of nuts and native conifers. In Bhutan or Vietnam, it may be seen in a pair or a group.[citation needed] Little is known about this species.


The taxonomy was described in 2001 by Arnaiz-Villena et al. All birds belonging to genus Pyrrhula have a common ancestor: Pinicola enucleator.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Pyrrhula nipalensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Arnaiz-Villena, A; et al. (2001). "Phylogeography of crossbills, bullfinches, grosbeaks, and rosefinches" (PDF). Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. 58: 1159–1166. PMID 11529508. doi:10.1007/PL00000930. 
  3. ^ Arnaiz-Villena, A; Gómez-Prieto P; Ruiz-de-Valle V (2009). "Phylogeography of finches and sparrows". Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-60741-844--3.