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Common rosefinch

Carpodacus erythrinus

The male rosefinch is distinguished by its red breast and head. Photo Aaro Toivio.

General information. The common rosefinch is a recent, south eastern addition to the Finnish avifauna. Annual populations were at their largest during the 1990’s, after which the population has declined. The common rosefinch is classified as a near threatened species according to Finland’s threat classification system.

  • Length 14 cm
  • Nests in low bushes, juniper- or spruce saplings
  • Migratory species, winters in Southeast Asia
  • Feeds on buds, seeds, plant material and insects

Habitat. The common rosefinch is a characteristic bird species for semi-open scrublands and detached housing areas but can also be found in the rural countryside. In Vaasa the species is most likely to be observed in proximity to residential areas in Purola or Vetokannas.

Distribution in Vaasa. During the bird atlas field work 2005-2008 the common rosefinch was observed in about 150 survey blocks and is therefore determined to be a quite common species.