Male Common Rosefinch

Common Rosefinch

Scientific name: Carpodacus erythrinus

Did you know: The Common Rosefinch can exhibit a rare yellow form due to environmental factors like diet and parasites, replacing the usual red colouring.

What Do Common Rosefinches Look Like? (how to identify them)

Common Rosefinches, also called Scarlet Rosefinches, are small birds with a sparrow-like size.

 Adult males are particularly striking with a scarlet head, rump, and breast. Females and younger males have a more subdued appearance, featuring heads streaked with brown colour, and a resemblance to small Corn Buntings.

Differences Between Male And Female Common Rosefinches

The most noticeable difference is in colouration. Adult males boast a vibrant scarlet plumage on their head, breast, and rump. 

In contrast, females and juvenile males have streaked brown plumage, making them less conspicuous.

What Do Common Rosefinches Eat?

These birds primarily feed on small seeds from trees like birch, alder, and spruce, and supplement their diet with insects.

Where Do Common Rosefinches Live? (inc. migration info)

Though they breed across the northern parts of Asia and  eastern and central parts of Europe, Common Rosefinches are also known as passage migrants and winter visitors in the UK, especially on the east coast. 

They favour woodlands, farmlands, and wetlands as their habitats.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Common Rosefinches)

The song of the Common Rosefinch is a distinctive feature, with far-reaching, whistled, typically three-note tunes. Males are particularly vocal during the breeding season.

Fun Common Rosefinch Facts (kid friendly)

  • The males are brightly coloured in a vivid scarlet hue.
  • They can adapt to various environments, from woodlands to urban gardens.
  • These birds make unique nests, often low in bushes.
  • Common Rosefinches have a melodic and memorable song.
  • Despite their vibrant appearance, they are quite elusive in the UK.

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Facts About The Common Rosefinch

Diet: Seeds, buds and small invertebrates.
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 14.5-15cm
Wingspan: 22-26cm
Weight: 21-27g
Scientific Name: Carpodacus erythrinus

The Common Rosefinch Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Fledgling
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Juvenile