Carpodacus rubicilla

Great rosefinch

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Passeriformes)
Family  (Fringillidae)
Genus  (Carpodacus)
Species Authority Guldenstadt, 1775
Summary Status: rare (Category V), sporadically distributed in the high mountains of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Southern Siberia. Habitat areas in Kazakstan have not been studied, but two wintering areas are known, namely the Kamensky Plateau near Almaty, where up to 50-60 individuals were seen in the 1960s, and in the Aksu-Dzhabagly Reserve. It nests in canyons and in alpine meadows at an altitude of approximately 3,000 m. In winter, the great rosefinch is found at elevations from 900-1,000 m above sea level where it lives in brushy areas. The great rosefinch prefers areas with white acacia, the seeds of which serve as forage in winter. The total number of individuals in Kazakstan is a few 100ds. Limiting factors have not been studied, but probably the most important factor is the capturing of this bird for sale. It is necessary to both protect wintering birds and to prohibit any sale.

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