Great rosefinch

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Great rosefinch
Carpodacus rubicilla; Gould & Richter.jpg
Female above and two males below
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Carpodacus
Species: C. rubicilla
Binomial name
Carpodacus rubicilla
(Guldenstadt, 1775)

The great rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla) is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family. It is found in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and east to China. Its natural habitats are tundra and temperate grassland.

While past taxonomies treated the C. r. severtzovi and two other subspecies as a separate species, the spotted great rosefinch (and called the nominate subspecies the "Caucasian great rosefinch"), they now usually considered subspecies of the great rosefinch.

Four subspecies are recognised:[2]

  • C. r. rubicilla - (Güldenstädt, 1775) - central and eastern Caucasus Mountains
  • C. r. diabolicus - (Koelz, 1939) - northeastern Afghanistan and Tajikistan
  • C. r. kobdensis - (Sushkin, 1925) - southern Siberia, western Mongolia and northwestern China
  • C. r. severtzovi - Sharpe, 1886 - eastern Kazakhstan to central China, the Himalayas and northern Pakistan - the Spotted great rosefinch


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Carpodacus rubicilla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015.