French: Roselin brun German: Rosenbauch-Schneegimpel Spanish: Pinzón montano pardo
Subspecies and Distribution
L. a. arctoa
(Pallas, 1811) – Altai Rosy-finch – SC Russian Siberia (C, S & SE Altai, W Sayan Mts, Tannu-Ola Mts), NE Kazakhstan and NW Mongolia; winters (possibly breeds) NW China (NW Xinjiang).
L. a. cognata
(Madarász, 1909) – Tuva Rosy-finch – Siberia (E Sayan E to C Baikal Mts) and N Mongolia.
L. a. sushkini
Stegmann, 1932 – Khangai Rosy-finch – Khangai (Hangayn) Mts, in WC Mongolia.
L. a. gigliolii
Salvadori, 1869 – Baikal Rosy-finch – SE Siberia from N Baikal Mts E to W Stanovoy Mts (SW Yakutia); winter records in N Mongolia#R.
L. a. brunneonucha
(J. F. Brandt, 1842) – Kolyma Rosy-finch – Russian Far East and NE Siberia (from Lena Delta S to C Stanovoy Mts, E to Koryak Mts, Kamchatka, probably S Chukotskiy Peninsula and N Kuril Is) and S to NE China (NE Inner Mongolia and W Heilongjiang); non-breeding NE China (S Heilongjiang S to Hebei), Korea, Sakhalin and Japan (S to C Honshu).
14–18 cm; 22–48 g. Large and large-billed, stout finch, variably blackish to buff-brown and streaked or washed pinkish, with white or pinkish edges of flight... read more
Song, from ground, top of rock or during undulating circular flight, a slow descending series of... read more
Breeds on barren and treeless montane plateaux, alpine tundra, moraine at edges of snowfields and... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds, buds, stamens and shoots; some invertebrates. Seeds include those of grasses (Gramineae), knotweed (Polygonaceae), sedges (... read more
Poorly known; few nests found. Season Jun–Aug, from Jul in coldest climatic areas; one brood. Solitary or loosely colonial. Nest... read more
Migratory, partial migrant and altitudinal migrant; may be entirely sedentary in breeding area... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in C Altai, and occasionally abundant in wintering area of Russian Far East and Mongolia; otherwise uncommon or locally common... read more
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