Thursday, 16 December 2010

Przevalski's rosefinch

Urocynchramus pylzowi

Photo by Martin Hale (Oriental Bird Images)

Common name:
Przhevalski's rosefinch (en); pintarroxo-de-cauda-rosa (pt); bruselin de Przhewalski (fr); pinzón de Przhewalski (es); rosenschwanzgimpel (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Emberizidae

The species is endemic to the mountains of western China

This small finch is 13 cm long and has a wingspan of 17,5-20 cm.

The Przhevalski rosefinch is a resident of high altitude alpine scrubs, between 3000-5000 m above sea level.

Their diet mostly consists of small seeds from a variety of plants.

The female builds the nest in a bush, using dry grasses, leaves, hair and feathers. The clutch of 3-6 eggs is incubated mostly by the female for 13-14 days. The chicks are fed by both parents until fledging, 13-14 days after hatching.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
Although the population size has not been quantified, it is believed to be stable as there are no evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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