French: Niverolle de Taczanowski German: Weißbürzel-Erdsperling Spanish: Gorrión de Taczanowski
Other common names:
Tetunga and Koko Nor Steppe, west China
SE Ladakh and S & E Tibetan Plateau E to NE Qinghai (Qilian Shan and area around Qinghai Hu), S Gansu and NW Sichuan, in C China, and S to N Nepal and Sikkim.
15–17cm; 29–36 g. Large ground-sparrow with stout and rather pointed bill and long legs. Crown and nape are grey-brown, paler on forehead and supercilium, lores... read more
Call a sharp and resounding "duid duid". Song based on this call, a short, loud "... read more
Barren alpine rocky areas and flat steppe on dry edges of bogs; associated with colonies of pika (... read more
Food and feeding
Small seeds and insects. Food items collected from nestlings in the NE Tibetan plateau consisted entirely of arthropods; before mid-May... read more
Breeds in solitary pairs or in small groups. Strongly territorial; has undulating display-flight, also steep climb and diving descent. Nest... read more
Mainly sedentary; some seasonal short-distance movements to lower altitudes in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in much of range; scarce in S, e.g. Ladakh and Nepal.
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