Common Rosefinch (Female or immature)
Common Rosefinch (Male)
Scientific Name 
Carpodacus erythrinus
Arabic Name 
الحسون الوردي
Kuwaiti name 
15.0 cm
Least Concern


Scarce passage migrant, recorded more frequently in the autumn. This is a widespread Asian bird, which visits Kuwait fairly frequently; often seen in a variety of areas with trees and bushes. Small flocks may also be seen; up to 22 at Al-Abraq in mid October 2007.
Where in Kuwait 
In winter they have been recorded feeding on crops at Al Abraq.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. In Europe, trends since 1980 have been stable. It breeds from the Danube valley, Sweden, and Siberia to the Bering Sea; the Caucasus, northern Iran and Afghanistan, the western Himalayas, Tibet and China; to Japan between latitudes 25° and 68°. In winter they are found from southern Iran to south-east China India, Burma, and Indochina.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation, pesticides and trapping for the illegal bird trade.