Russian: Снежный вьюрок
Mongolian: Цасны богшоодой, Цасны бор шувуу
French: Niverolle alpine
Japanese: ユキスズメ (Yuki-suzume)
- 19 cm.
Breeds on bare mountains, often at 1900-3100 m. Resident, and remains
at rather high altitude even in winter (exceptionally down to 1000m). Often
seen foraging at ski-resort restaurants; restless but often quite fearless.
Identification: A fairly big and elongate, long-winged bird with conspicuous
white panels on tail and wings. Hopping on ground, a rather dull grey-brown
bird showing one narrow but long white wing-panel. When it takes off, the white
is dominant: greater part of inner wing is white, and tail is white with narrow
black central band (and thin black terminal band). At close range, shows dull
earth-brown mantle/back, greyish head, and dirty white underparts with a small
and often diffuse black bib. Bill black when breeding, ivory-yellow during
winter. Flight fast and powerful, undulating over longer stretches. Sexes