Is it a finch? Is it a bunting? The PRZEVALSKI’S ROSEFINCH (Urocynchramus pylzowi) has, at one time or another, been classified as both but now sits in a family of its own. With a limited range in China (Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan and Gansu Provinces) it’s a sought-after species for any visiting birders.
During our recent visit to Qinghai, Marie and I were lucky enough to encounter two pairs in a valley close to Qinghai Lake. One pair, clearly breeding, brought a selection of insects to feed their young which we were able to capture on video.
The call reminded me very much of the central China race of Long-tailed Rosefinch, lepidus.
This bird was a species we were keen to see during the Qinghai trip and we were very happy to see them so well.
Featured image: Przevalski’s Rosefinch by Marie Louise.