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Tibetan Snowfinch - BirdForum Opus

Photo by china guy
Litang Grasslands, China, August 2010

Alternative name: Henri's Snowfinch

Montifringilla henrici

For the species Montifringilla adamsi for which the name Tibetian Snowfinch has been used as well see Black-winged Snowfinch.

Identification

17cm.

  • Earth-brown head and neck
  • Dark brown mantle, back and scapulars
  • Large white patch on wings, well visible in flight
  • Small black bib
  • Grey underparts
  • Washed rusty brown flanks
  • Horn-coloured bill, black during breeding
  • Black legs

Females are slightly smaller and duller than males. Juveniles are undescribed.

Similar species

Darker and browner body than White-winged Snowfinch and less white in wings. Black-winged Snowfinch has a grey head.

Distribution

Endemic to the eastern Tibetian plateau from Qinghai Hu south to Ku-la Shan.
Probably fairly common but only few data available.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species recently split from White-winged Snowfinch. Also sometimes considered conspecific with Black-winged Snowfinch. All three species form a superspecies.

Habitat

High-altitude steppe above the tree-line. Occurs at 2500 - 4500m.

Behaviour

Feeds on seeds and plant matter, nestlings are reared on insects. Usually encountered in small groups and larger flocks. Breeding season from June to August. No other information about breeding.

References

  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
  3. Thread discussing several aspects of Snowfinches, including the taxonomy of henrici

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