Mr and Mrs Pink

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.

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