Common Rosefinch

Carpodacus erythrinus

(C. e. kubanensis)

Armenian Name: Սովորական ոսպնուկ
Common Rosefinch

See Plate 56 for Common Rosefinch and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:14.5-15 cm, Wing Span:24-26.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 325.
Description: Thick grayish bill.
Adult (Breeding): Male varies from red to brown; typically having red head, breast, and rump, and pinkish flanks. Rare individuals may have red replaced by yellow. Female is pale gray-brown with streaked breast and two narrow off-white wingbars.
Juvenile: Similar to female but darker with streaks on crown, back, and breast and pale brown-yellow wingbars.
Behavior: On breeding territory, males sing frequently from prominent shrubs.
Habitat: Mountain steppe to alpine meadows with scattered shrubs.
Food: Seeds, small invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of thin stems, feathers, and rootlets in shrub or tall plant.
Eggs: 20 mm, 4-6, pale blue-green, black-brown spots.