Spot-winged Rosefinch Carpodacus rodopeplus

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Rather large rosefinch of the Himalayas. Male is dark pink with broad pale eyebrows and two rows of fine white specks on the wings. Female is dark buffy brown with pale eyebrows. Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch female has uniformly whiter underparts. Spot-winged breeds in alpine meadows, scrub, and conifer forest edge; winters in similarly scrubby areas as well as forests lower down. Calls include a distinctive wheezy “cheWEE!”

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