Typical of rosefinches, the male is brightly colored and the female is streaky brown. Male is pink with a pale brow, lightly spangled cheeks, and sandy brown back and wings. Female is dull brown with streaking on the back and on the undersides. Inhabits middle to high elevation montane and hill forests, primarily in coniferous patches. Descends into open edges, village outskirts, and gardens in the winter. Calls are wheezy, somewhat plaintive buzzes; song is a jumbled series of call notes and whistles.