French: Roselin à tête brune German: Coloradoschneegimpel Spanish: Pinzón montano coronipardo
Leucosticte tephrocotis var. australis
Mount Lincoln, Colorado, USA
W USA (Rocky Mts from S Wyoming S to N New Mexico); in winter moves to lower altitudes.
14–16·5 cm; 23–33 g. Large and large-billed, stout brown finch with long wings edged pinkish and forked tail. Male has whitish nasal tufts, lores, forehead... read more
Song, by male from rock or top of cliff or in circling song flight, mostly a long series of... read more
Montane tundra above tree-line, snowfields, edges of glaciers, rocky areas and boulderfields,... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds; also insects in summer. Seeds include those of Cyperaceae (Carex and Kobresia), Juncaceae (Luzula),... read more
Season end Jun to early Sept; one brood. Monogamous. Solitary, also loosely colonial, with inter-nest distance 2 m. Territorial; male... read more
Resident and altitudinal migrant. Post-breeding descent to lower-level grasslands and valleys... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Locally common to rare in Colorado, uncommon or rare in New Mexico, rare in Wyoming. In Colorado the most abundant breeding bird in alpine habitat, with... read more
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