French: Roselin de Brandt German: Mattenschneegimpel Spanish: Pinzón montano de Brandt
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Subspecies and Distribution
L. b. margaritacea
(Madarász, 1904) – NE Kazakhstan (Tarbagatay and Altai Mts), S Russia (Altai, W Tuva and W Sayan Mts), NW China (N Xinjiang) and W Mongolia.
L. b. brandti
Bonaparte, 1850 – Kyrgyzstan, SE Kazakhstan (Dzhungarskiy Alatau and Tien Shan) and W China (W & C Xinjiang); non-breeding also N Pakistan.
L. b. pamirensis
Severtsov, 1883 – Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan (Pamir-Alai Mts and S Tien Shan), NE Afghanistan and W China (SW Xinjiang); non-breeding also N Pakistan.
L. b. pallidior
Bianchi, 1908 – W & C China (Kunlun Shan E to N Qinghai); non-breeding E to NW Gansu.
L. b. haematopygia
(Gould, 1851) – #RSW China (Xizang, Qinghai and NW Gansu S to W Sichuan and N Yunnan), Karakoram Mts and Himalayas E to NE Nepal and India (to at least Sikkim).
16·5–19 cm; 26–34 g. Medium-sized to large, slender or robustly built pale grey to blackish finch with pointed bill, long wings and notched tail. Male nominate... read more
Song a short and weak trill, given during short breeding season. Call a loud "twitt-twitt... read more
Breeds on montane crags and cliffs, barren, treeless plateaux, boulderfields, stony alpine meadows... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds and shoots of small alpine plants, including those of Artemisia, Corydalis, Sedum, Primula... read more
Season Jun–Aug. Colonial, loosely colonial or solitary; in Kazakhstan, three nests 80–200 m apart in cliff. Male defends nest... read more
Resident and partial or altitudinal migrant. Those in higher-lying areas make post-breeding descent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range; scarce in N Pakistan, locally common or rare in Altai, and rare in Tuva. Locally abundant in non-breeding season. In Russian... read more
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