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Scarlet finch

Binomial name: Carpodacus sipahi, Brian Houghton Hodgson, 1836

The scarlet finch (Carpodacus sipahi) is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family.

It is found in the Himalayas from central Nepal eastwards to Vietnam and is found spottily in the adjacent hills of Northeast India and Southeast Asia as far south as Thailand. It is resident in the Himalayas, but many birds winter to the immediate south.

Its natural habitat is temperate forests.


This species has been found by some authorities genetically separate from "Carpodacus" finches and forms a phylogenetic group with Carpodacus erythrinus. Many authorities have yet to recognize the genus however.

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Scientific classification

Carpodacus sipahi

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Scarlet finch, Carpodacus sipahi in Thailand

Range map of Carpodacus sipahi in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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