How to identify

Common Rosefinches (also known as the Scarlet Rosefinch) are sparrow-sized birds, mottled brown above with a streaked breast, pale belly and forked tail. Males older than one year have a scarlet head, breast and rump. Females and young males have streaked brown heads and look a bit like small Corn Buntings. The species breeds across much of northern Asia and parts of eastern and central Europe before heading south-east in winter. They have bred in the UK from time to time.


Common Rosefinch

Patrik Åberg / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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