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The dark-breasted rosefinch (Procarduelis nipalensis) is a true finch species (family Fringillidae).

Dark-breasted rosefinch
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Sikkim India.jpg
Male at 9,800 ft in East Sikkim of the state of Sikkim, India
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Khangchendzonga National park West Sikkim India 30.03.2016.jpg
Female at 6,500 ft in Khangchendzonga National Park, West Sikkim, India
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Procarduelis
Blyth, 1843
P. nipalensis
Binomial name
Procarduelis nipalensis
(Hodgson, 1836)

It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are boreal forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland.


The dark-breasted rosefinch was formerly placed in the genus Carpodacus but was moved to Procarduelis based on the results from the phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences.[2][3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Carpodacus nipalensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ Zuccon, Dario; Prŷs-Jones, Robert; Rasmussen, Pamela C.; Ericson, Per G.P. (2012). "The phylogenetic relationships and generic limits of finches (Fringillidae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 62 (2): 581–596. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.002. PMID 22023825.