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Genus: Montifringilla


Snowfinches have unique adaptations to living in very high altitutes (breeding up to 5300 m above sea-level) including a higher metabolic rate than other birds. They also prefer to run rather than hopping like other sparrows.
All members are found in Asia and Europe.


Montifringilla is a genus in the family Passeridae.
The genus is sometimes split up into two or three genera. Only the three true snowfinches would remain in this genus (White-winged Snowfinch, Tibetan Snowfinch, Black-winged Snowfinch). They are confined to rocky habitats and do not leave their breeding grounds in winter. The other species, also referred as ground-sparrows are then placed in Pyrgilauda or Onychostruthus.

Genus Montifringilla viewedit
M. nivalis White-winged Snowfinch
M. henrici Tibetan Snowfinch
M. adamsi Black-winged Snowfinch


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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Pages in category ‘Montifringilla’

The following 8 pages are in this category, out of 8 total.