Darker overall than many other rosefinches and both sexes are readily identified. Male is dark pink above with brown wings and a lighter blossom-pink below with a bright eyebrow. Female is dark brown above and lighter below with fine streaking down the breast; like the male, she also has a pale eyebrow. Dark-rumped Rosefinch is less streaky than many otherwise similar female rosefinches. Inhabits the understory of rather open forests, scrubby edges, and meadows in montane and foothill areas, where it usually forages on the ground. Calls are usually metallic sounding.