French: Niverolle de David German: Daviderdsperling Spanish: Gorrión de David
Other common names:
Pere David's Snowfinch
J. P. Verreaux
#R“Mountains of Chinese Tibet” = plains of the Ourato (Suiyuan), Inner Mongolia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. d. potanini
Sushkin, 1925 – Russian Altai E to SE Transbaikalia and E Mongolia.
P. d. davidiana
J. P. Verreaux, 1871 – S Mongolia and N China (S & E Inner Mongolia S to NE Qinghai).
12–15 cm; 20–25 g. One of the smaller ground-sparrows; relatively short wing and tail noticeable in flight. Nominate race has forehead, lores, chin and throat... read more
Rather silent; flocks give constant quiet twittering call as contact.
Semi-desert, stony plains and rocky plateaux with short dry grass, desert edge, usually close to... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly studied. Small seeds of grasses and dwarf alpine plants, and insects. All food items delivered to nestlings in NE Tibet were insects... read more
Season May–Jul/early Aug. Breeds as solitary pair or in loose colony. Strongly territorial. Nest constructed from dry grass, wool and... read more
Mainly sedentary; some post-breeding descent to lower altitudes, even to N of breeding range.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Sparsely distributed, but locally common to abundant.
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