Common Rosefinch


Common Rosefinches (or Scarlet Rosefinches) are the most widespread rosefinch in Asia and Europe.

Male Common Rosefinches are bright red on the head, breast, and rump. They have short and heavy bills. They have dark brown wings with two indistinct bars, white bellies, and with hints of red over the rest of the body.

Females and Juvenile Males are dull-colored. They have streaked brownish-gray heads, backs, and wings and buff whitish on their underparts.

  • Carpodacus erythrinus
  • Length: 5.1 – 5.9 in (13 – 15 cm)
  • Weight: 0.8 oz (23 g)
  • Wingspan: 9.5 in (24 cm)


Common Rosefinches are rarely seen in North America as they are usually from Europe and Asia. However, they have been seen mainly in the western edge of Alaska in summer.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Common Rosefinches in lowland forests and woodland habitats. In winter, they may stay near and around gardens, orchards, and urban parks.

Common Rosefinches forage on the ground and in low vegetation for buds, flowerheads, and insects and their larvae.

Common Rosefinch Song:


Nests of Common Rosefinches are often made of grass, weeds, roots, and animal hair. You will find them low to the ground. Females usually lay between three to six eggs, and they take about two weeks to hatch.


Attract Common Rosefinches to your backyards by offering seeds, peanuts, and fruit.

Fun Fact:

Common Rosefinches are also known as Scarlet Rosefinches because of their reddish color.