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White-winged Snowfinch

Montifringilla nivalis (Linnaeus, 1766)

Снежный вьюрок | Қар құнақ

Cosmostation. Ile Alatau National Park.
© Askar Isabekov


Breeding in southern spurs of Chatkal'skiy ridge, in Pskemskiy and Ugamskiy ridges, in western part of Talasskiy Alatau, in Kirgizskiy Alatau (upper reaches of Merke river) and in east part of Terskey Alatau (in upper reaches of Tekes and Kokzhar rivers). In Middle Talgar gorge (Zailiyskiy Alatau) feeding flocks of 12-20 birds observed 15-27 October 2003, at 3000-3400 m. In winter not leave limits of breeding area, only at once recorded at Kurday Pass.


Rare, in places common resident. Inhabits rocks and cliffs on alpine meadows at 2700-3700 m, in winter lives in the same places, or descends to 1500-2000 m. Not shy, and builds their nests in houses, if available. Breeding in separate pairs fairly close each to other (loose colony), which are formed in April - May. Nest is built in crag crack, excavation or under boulder, in old marmot hole, in hole of clay precipice or in human habitation from dry grass lined with hair and feathers by female only. Clutches of 3-6, very rarely 7 eggs found in end May - early July (repeated probably), female incubates for 13-14 days. Both parents feed juveniles by insects and they fledge in end June - end July. Only one brood probably.


Montifringilla nivalis alpicola (Pallas, 1811)


Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. Рябицев В. К., Ковшарь А. Ф., Ковшарь В. А., Березовиков Н. Н. «Полевой определитель птиц Казахстана», Алматы, 2014



Montifringilla nivalis alpicola
(Pallas, 1811)

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Альпийский вьюрок, снежный воробей.

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Анна Ясько: Здесь, видимо, есть сомнения из-за темных помарок на спине и по бокам шеи между маской и плечом у самца. Поэтому возникает вопрос, гибрид или


Павел Пархаев: Я тогда создам дубль серии из молодых и положу "на определение". Аскар, пожалуйста, удали молодежь из этой серии


Нурлан Онгарбаев: Не стали пугать птицу. Ноги не увидели.

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