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Bird name:

Common Rosefinch

Carpodacus erythrinus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Finches (Fringillidae)

BTO 2

SQ

BTO 5

SCARO

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Common Rosefinch is a rare migrant in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland with around 140 records per year. It can occur in a variety of places and habitats, most likely during the fall and winter months. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Common Rosefinch: Sparrow-sized finch with dull red on head, breast, and rump. Dark brown back, wings, and tail with dull black streaks. Wings have light brown wing bars. Thick, dark brown streak through eye, dark grey bill, and white belly and vent. Has undulating flight. Often in flocks.


Range and Habitat

Common Rosefinch: Rare migrant visitor to UK, has bred successfully in the Scottish Highlands and eastern England. Breeds in central Europe and Asia, winters in India, mainland Southeast Asia, and southeastern China. Occasionally seen in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and along the east coast of Scotland and England. Best viewed in spring and autumn. Prefers woodland and farmland.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chEEro-VEEcheeo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Common Rosefinch, as the name indicates, is the most widespread and common rosefinch in Europe. It has spread westward from Asia in recent decades, and has even been recorded breeding in England.
  • First-year birds tend to disperse further than adults which explains why colonizing birds are almost always dull-plumaged (young) males.
  • A group of rosefinches are known as a "bouquet" of rosefinches.

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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