446. Leucosticte gigliolii

446. Giglioli’s Ground-Linnet.
LEUCOSTICTE GIGLIOLII.
Leucosticte gigliolii, Salvadore, P.Z.S. 1868, p. 579. pl. xliv ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 273 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 651.
Male ad. (E. Siberia). Differs from L. arctoa in having the lower back and scapulars washed with dull crimson, the wings without the silvery white margins ; tail blackish brown with narrow paler margins ; rump and upper tail-coverts sooty blackish ; an indistinct greyish brown collar ; crown, ear-coverts, and cheeks dull silvery grey ; under parts dark greyish brown, the breast and flanks washed with dull crimson ; middle of abdo¬men greyer ; beak and legs blackish ; iris brown. Culmen 0.47, wing 4.35, tail 3.0, tarsus 0.8 inch. Sexes alike. In winter the plumage is browner, with less red, the under parts have ashy grey margins, and the bill is yellowish with dark tip.
Hab. Eastern Siberia, in the Baikal district, and Dauria.
In habits it resembles L. arctoa, and frequents bare rocky localities on the sunny side of the mountains, where it finds abundance of seeds on which it feeds. In severe weather it collects in flocks and is then seen near the villages, where it feeds on grain and the seed of the wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea). Its nest and eggs are unknown.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
446. Leucosticte gigliolii
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
446
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
304
Common name: 
Giglioli’s Ground Linnet
M_ID: 
30659
M_SN: 
Leucosticte arctoa gigliolii
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10261

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