Finches (Fringillidae)

White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes) - HBW 15, p. 615

French: Gros-bec à ailes blanches German: Wacholderkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo Aliblanco

Taxonomy: Coccothraustes carnipes Hodgson, 1836, Nepal.
Geographical variation slight and clinal, with a certain increase in size and in plumage darkness moving from W to E. Birds from Kashka-suu, in N Kyrgyzstan, described as race merzbacheri, but differences from nominate considered trivial; synonymized with latter. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • speculigerus ( J. F. Brandt, 1841) - N & NE Iran and S Turkmenistan E to NW & EC Afghanistan and W Pakistan (Baluchistan).
  • carnipes ( Hodgson, 1836) - E & SE Kazakhstan (Dzhungarian Alatau and Tien Shan) S to E Uzbekistan, NE Afghanistan and Tajikistan, W, C & S China (SW Xinjiang; S Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Ningxia and NE Qinghai S to SE Xizang, NW Yunnan, S Sichuan and S Shaanxi), and Himalayas from N Pakistan E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and N Myanmar.