Small plump finch, suggests a compacted Purple or House Finch. Both males and females have less pattern on the head than other Carpodacus finches. Noticeable curvature of the culmen makes the horn-colored bill look stubby and hooked. Tail is rather short and slightly notched. Adult male: Has rosy-red head with dark eye and very indistinct grayish-black on lores, rosy-red back with drab brown streaks, wings are dusky reddish-brown with two in distinctive pink wingbars and buff or pinkish buff outer edges to the folded flight feathers. Breast and upper flanks are rosy-red, lower flanks are cream-colored with washed out rosy-red splotches. Belly and undertail coverts are white, rosy-red rump, and brownish tail. Female: Almost entirely brown, plain brownish head and throat, streaky brown back, darker brown wings with two indistinct whitish wingbars, coarse medium brown streaks mark cream-colored underparts. White undertail coverts and brown tail. Compared to female House Finch; female Common Rosefinch is shorter-tailed, has a more curved or hooked bill, and is less patterned overall. Throat is unstreaked and the streaking on underparts is paler and less conspicuous.
Length: 15 (cm) Wingspan: 24 (cm)
Prefers scrubby and weedy areas. Often found near water.
Often seen foraging on ground. Usually solitary, but may form small flocks.
Diet consists of mainly seeds; occasionally buds and insects.
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