Year of 2017

Common rosefinch male perching

The common rosefinch really is pretty common—it’s widely distributed, at least across Western Europe and Asia. To see one of the specimens that earned the bird its colorful name, make sure you’re looking for a male. He’s the one with the bright red cap, face, and chest. There are rare sightings of the common rosefinch in the eastern reaches of Great Britain and even rarer sightings on the far western coast of Alaska, the bird’s only appearance in the Western Hemisphere. Which makes the common rosefinch uncommon, at least on this side of the pond.

The common rosefinch or scarlet rosefinch is the most widespread and common rosefinch of Asia and Europe. In a molecular phylogenetic study of the finch family published in 2012, Zuccon and colleagues found that the common rosefinch fell outside the core Carpodacus rosefinch clade and was a sister to the scarlet finch. They recommended that the common rosefinch should be moved to a new monotypic genus with the resurrected name of Erythrina. The British Ornithologists’ Union accepted this proposal, but the International Ornithological Union chose instead to adopt a more inclusive Carpodacus that retained the common rosefinch in the rosefinch genus.
Scientific name: Carpodacus erythrinus
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Carpodacus