Bird Families

Scarlet Finch / Carpodacus sipahi

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Scarlet finch

The scarlet finch is a bird of the finch family. For a long time, the bird was in the monotypic genus Haematospiza, until it was combined together with the Uragus Uragus and Bonnian gannets Chaunoproctus into the tribe of lentils Carpodacini. The scientific name of the species sipahi is associated with the vultures - cavalrymen of the Ottoman Empire, who wore a red coat.

1. Description

The body length is 18 - 19 cm, for example, a large and strong beak 16 - 20 mm long is brownish-pink above, and yellowish below. Legs are brownish pink. Male wing length is 98 - 108 mm, tail length 59 - 70 mm, weight 38 - 42.5 g. In female, wing length is from 95 to 103 mm, tail length is from 55 to 66 mm, weight is from 39 to 40 g. sexual dimorphism. Males have bright red plumage with black wings, females have brown ones.

2. Dissemination

It lives in the Himalayas from central Nepal to Vietnam and in some regions further south up to Thailand. Inhabits mainly pine forests at an altitude of 1600 to 3355 m above sea level.

3. Lifestyle

Scarlet finch is found both singly and in flocks. Leads a secretive daytime lifestyle. The food consists of seeds, buds, berries and sometimes insects.

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