French: Plectrophane blanc German: Beringschneeammer Spanish: Escribano de McKay
St Michael Island, south shore of Norton Sound, Alaska, USA
Islands of Bering Sea, mainly on Hall I and St Matthew I, rarely St Paul (Pribilofs) and St Lawrence I; non-breeding on coast of W & SW Alaska, with a few records from Chukotskiy Peninsula (extreme NE Russia)#R.
15–19 cm; c. 38–62 g. A large bunting with large bill and relatively short, notched tail. Male breeding is entirely white, except for partly black tertials, tips... read more
Song a low warbling; calls include soft rattle and whistled descending “cheew”; apparently very... read more
Breeds on beaches and rocky talus slopes, and on shores of tundra pools; sea-level to 490 m. In... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Probably eats seeds in winter, and insects and other invertebrates when available. Generally forages on or near ground or low... read more
Pair formation occurs during May, nest-building and laying by late Jun, young hatch by start of Jul (sometimes end of Jun), and fledglings... read more
Migratory; winters mainly in W & SW Alaska. Leaves breeding grounds by early Oct, heads E and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Classified as “Rare” in the USA (Yellow WatchList priority species for conservation). Restricted-range species: present... read more
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