French: Niverolle du Tibet German: Adamsschneesperling Spanish: Gorrión de Adams
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Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. adamsi
Adams, 1859 – N Kashmir and Ladakh NE along N Tibetan Plateau, and SE along Himalayan chain to Sikkim (N India).
M. a. xerophila
Stegmann, 1932 – C China from NE Qinghai–Gansu border (Qilian Shan) S to E Tibetan Plateau and SC Sichuan (Litang).
17 cm. Nominate race has head grey-brown, faint paler supercilium and submoustachial streak, black chin and throat with small whitish feather tips; upperparts grey-brown with... read more
Song a distinctive single note repeated rather monotonously from top of rock or during display-... read more
Occupies rocky, high-altitude steppe country and the neighbourhood of upland villages; near edges... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of alpine plants and insects. Forages on ground, searching under rocks, commonly at edge of snowfields, and catches insects in flight... read more
Season May–Jul. Breeds in loose colonies or isolated pairs. Has well-developed parachuting display-flight, hovering and falling with... read more
Nomadic, forming large flocks after breeding; tendency to remain at high altitudes through the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common; rare and irregular in Sikkim.
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