Crimson-browed finch

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Crimson-browed finch
Crimson-browed Finch - Bhutan S4E8757 (22647757219).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Passerida
Superfamily: Passeroidea
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Carpodacus
Species: C. subhimachala
Binomial name
Carpodacus subhimachalus
(Hodgson, 1836)

Pinicola subhimachalus
Propyrrhula subhimachala

The crimson-browed finch (Carpodacus subhimachalus) is a true finch species (family Fringillidae). It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, and Nepal. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and temperate shrubland.

This is a large finch with a large short bill. The male has a crimson red head and throat. The female has a yellow head and throat.[2]

The species was described by the British naturalist Brian Houghton Hodgson in 1836 under the binomial name Corythus subhimachalus.[3] The species name subhimachalus is derived from the Latin sub meaning 'beneath' and the Hindi word himachal meaning snow.[4] The crimson-browed finch was formerly placed in the genus Pinicola but was moved to the rosefinch genus Carpodacus based on the results from the phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences.[5][6]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pinicola subhimachala". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Clement, P. "Crimson-browed Finch (Propyrrhula subhimachala)". In del Hoyo, J; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 24 August 2015. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Hodgson, Brian Houghton (1836). "Notices of the ornithology of Nepal: New species of the thick billed finches". Asiatic Researches. 19: 152. 
  4. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 371. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  6. ^ 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. PMID 22023825. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.002.