These gorgeous pink birds are mostly found in Eurasia and the Americas with over 20 different species.
Looking at different species of birds is such a great pastime that it has even spawned many career fields and hobbies. Today, we are talking about the gorgeous Rosefinch which truly blossoms like a pink lotus or rose. You can easily recognize them due to its red and pink plumage. They arise from the passerine birds of the finch family Fringillida. Their melody is sweet and pleasing to the ears and is said to have a three-note whistling tune.
Now there are two different genera of these birds - Carpodacus and Haemorhous and we're gonna find out more about both of them. Carpodacus is mostly found in Europe and Asia, while its counterpart Haemorhous is found in the North American continent. There are three different species of birds that are found in the Haemorhous genus namely the Cassin finch found in western North America, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California; the House finch can be spotted from Oaxaca, Mexico to southern Canada and the third is the Purple finch, native to Canada and the northeastern US.
Meanwhile, the genus Carpodacus on the other hand has a whopping 27 different species. These sparrow-sized birds are around 6 inches long (15 cm). There are some notable differences between the males and females as the former usually have varied hues of red and pink on them. According to Britannica, males are red on the head, breast, and rump while females are said to have streaked brown heads. In addition, "some have a single, or solid, coloration. Others have speckles, mottling, or patches of other colors. The different colorations that you can find on these birds include black, white, yellow, brown, red, gray, blue, and more," according to the animal encyclopedia.
The Carpodacus rosefinches as mentioned previously are found throughout Eurasia and their greatest diversity is found in the Sino-Himalayan region. This led researchers to believe that the species has its origin in this area. These rosy pink delights love to feed on seeds and grains but other species have also been found to be omnivores, feeding on insects, invertebrates, and plants.
Now, that we know a bit about these birds, let's take a look at some of these gorgeous pictures.
BIRD #9,621— everybird reruns (@_everybird_) October 22, 2019
(Carpodacus rubescens) pic.twitter.com/X2AmRb5N4c
BIRD #6,920— everybird reruns (@_everybird_) June 12, 2018
(Carpodacus thura) pic.twitter.com/dYtD9xcOFQ
Rosefinch bird ... singing pic.twitter.com/0lfaQKIjCz— عمر العدواني - omar al adwani (@OMA_R_80) April 21, 2020
My beautiful cousin! ---> Rosefinch bird in the snow 🐦❄️ pic.twitter.com/HaTjv8lRVI— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) January 29, 2019
Male vs Female. Who's beautiful?— Zahran CR (@ZahranCR) July 11, 2019
In the world of #birds most of the male species are colorful compared to their female partner.
Great Rosefinch male on the left and female on the right.
Photos from Upper #Hunza valley, #BeautifulPakistan 👇🏻👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/ykx3dWO8EF
Red sky at night; shepherds delight,— Taiwan Birds - helping a bit. (@TaiwanBirding) October 20, 2018
Red bird in the bins; it’s time for a cuppa.
Taiwan Rosefinch. pic.twitter.com/v3cLXoguwp
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch— AlpineBirding (@AlpinebirdingT) February 24, 2020
Largish robust rosefinch. Male has a pink crown with long pale pink supercilium becoming diagnostically white posteriorly. This photo was shot in Sichuan, China, in May 2019. #birding #BirdsofPray #birdwatching #birdphotography #birds #nature pic.twitter.com/YLfGSkoNQK
If you hear them, they are there. All you gotta do is be patient and focus on your surroundings.— Zahran CR (@ZahranCR) November 22, 2019
Birds don't expose themselves easily when they feel human presence, specially those birds that are found on such high elevations.
Great Rosefinch from Upper Hunza Valley 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/HVg49bB4HH
Beautiful Rosefinch!!https://t.co/JZH9gwN08a#Birds #Himalayas #India #IncredibleIndia #photography #TwitterNatureCommunity#Nature #bird_brilliance#your_best_birds #kings_birds #feather_perfection #bb_of_ig#bestbirdshots #Birding #pocket_birds #Nikon pic.twitter.com/OILkkCvSfK— Incredible Birding (@indiansavanna) August 25, 2019
Beautiful Rosefinch— AlpineBirding (@AlpinebirdingT) September 29, 2019
Medium-sized (15cm) rosefinch with mottled brown upperparts, pink supercilium, cheeks, breast, and rump. This photo was shot in Sichuan, China, May 2019.#birds #birding #birdwatching #birders #birdingphotography #photography #wildlife #China #Chengdu pic.twitter.com/5SbAfdajbO