French: Niverolle à cou roux German: Rothals-Erdsperling Spanish: Gorrión cuellirrufo
Other common names: Rufous-necked Ground-sparrow, Red-necked Snowfinch
Kangra Lama Pass, north Sikkim, India.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. isabellina
Stegmann, 1932 – N Tibetan Plateau from E Kunlun Shan and Altun Shan E to W Qilian Shan.
P. r. ruficollis
(Blanford, 1871) – S & E Tibetan Plateau E to C China (SW Qinghai and W Sichuan), S to N Himalayas (Ladakh#R and N Nepal E to N Sikkim).
13–15 cm; 23–28 g. Distinctive ground-sparrow with small, pointed bill. Nominate race is mainly rufous-brown, with distinctive head pattern of grey crown, white... read more
Call a soft "duuid" or "doooid"; calls used in song in display-flight... read more
High barren stony steppes and grassy plateaux, particularly on edges of small watercourses, rubbish... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and insects. Forages on ground, and searches dung of domestic animals. Runs extensively; can dig with legs and bill. In pairs and... read more
Season May–Jun. Breeding in solitary pairs or small groups. Strongly territorial; in display-flight rises silently, sings in diving... read more
Nomadic; moves to lower altitudes in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range; scarce at S limits in Nepal and N India.
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