French: Roselin de Hodgson German: Waldschneegimpel Spanish: Pinzón montano de Hodgson
Other common names:
central and northern Nepal
Subspecies and Distribution
L. n. altaica
(Eversmann, 1848) – S Russia (C & SE Altai E to SW Baikal area) and W Mongolia S in mountains to E & S Kazakhstan (Tien Shan), NW China (NW Xinjiang S to NW Xizang), Tajikistan and NE Afghanistan, thence E in NW Himalayas of N Pakistan and N India (Uttarakhand).
L. n. nemoricola
(Hodgson, 1836) – Tibetan Plateau E to C & S China (E Qinghai, Gansu, S Shaanxi, W Sichuan and NW Yunnan), and Himalayas from C Nepal E to at least W Arunachal Pradesh; recorded, status uncertain, in NE Myanmar.
14–15 cm; 18–25·5 g. Medium-sized to large, slender, brownish finch with pointed bill, long wings and notched tail. Nominate race breeding has head brown... read more
Song, usually from top of boulder or prominent rocky perch, a short series of sharp twittering... read more
Submontane and montane hillsides. Breeds above tree-line on open boulder-strewn ridges, slopes and... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds of grasses and alpine herbs; occasionally small invertebrates. Seeds include those of dandelions (Taraxacum), ... read more
Season Jun–Aug; one brood. Solitary or loosely colonial. Displaying male on ground in front of female raises and holds both wings... read more
Resident, and partial or altitudinal migrant. In non-breeding season, in Oct to early Nov, or late... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant in most of range; rare in NE (Tuva Republic area of S Siberia).
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