French: Niverolle de Blanford German: Blanforderdsperling Spanish: Gorrión de Blanford
Other common names:
A. O. Hume
borders of Tibet to the north of Sikkim, Xizang, China
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. ventorum
Stegmann, 1932 – NW China from SE Xinjiang (Altun Shan) E to NW Qinghai.
P. b. barbata
Przevalski, 1887 – NC China (E Qinghai).
P. b. blanfordi
(A. O. Hume, 1876) – Tibetan Plateau from S Qinghai S to E Ladakh, N Nepal and N Sikkim, possibly also Uttarakhand and Bhutan.
15 cm. Colourful finch-like bird with fairly small, conical bill, resembling P. ruficollis. Nominate race has characteristic face pattern of white forehead bisected... read more
Rapid twittering song, given both from ground and in display-flight.
Dry sandy plains and stony areas on edges of sparse, grassy steppes and in neighbourhood of... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and insects. Forages on ground; runs extensively, digs with legs and bill. Forages near houses in winter. In pairs and small flocks;... read more
Few data. Nests recorded May to early Jun. Breeds in loose colony. Strongly territorial; has hovering display-flight. Nest in burrow of... read more
Mainly sedentary; some movement to lower altitudes and S to N India in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common.
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