French: Gros-bec à ailes blanches German: Wacholderkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo aliblanco
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. speculigerus
(J. F. Brandt, 1841) – NE Iran and SW Turkmenistan E to NW & EC Afghanistan and W Pakistan (Baluchistan).
M. c. carnipes
(Hodgson, 1836) – E & SE Kazakhstan (Dzhungarskiy Alatau and Tien Shan) S to E Uzbekistan, NE Afghanistan and Tajikistan, W, C & S China (C & S Xinjiang, S Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Ningxia and NE Qinghai S to S Xizang, NW Yunnan, S Sichuan and S Shaanxi), and Himalayas from N Pakistan E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and N Myanmar.
22–24 cm; 50–66 g. Large, heavy-bodied grosbeak with short wing and longish, relatively slender tail. Male nominate race has head to upper back and to lower... read more
Noisy and extremely vocal; most calls given from fairly high perch, occasionally near ground. Calls... read more
Submontane and montane juniper (Juniperus) and spruce (Picea) forest, mixed fir... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly juniper berries (with pulp discarded), also berries of dogwood (Cornus), also seeds of spruce and mountain ash (Cerasus... read more
Season May–Sept. Monogamous. Solitary. Nest built by female, a loose or bulky cup of fine twigs, plant stems and fibres, juniper bark... read more
Partial altitudinal migrant. Some from higher areas descend to 1000–2400 m in non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common in most of range.
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