442. Fringalauda nemoricola

442. HODGSON’S GROUND-FINCH.
FRINGALAUDA NEMORICOLA.
Fringalauda nemoricola, Hodgs., As. Res. xix. p. 158 (1636) ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 334 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 268 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 247.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Crown and upper parts generally blackish brown, with rufous and dull huff margins, the rump uniform ashy grey ; quills dark brown, with narrow rufous margins ; greater wing-coverts brown, mottled with black and tipped with white ; median coverts ashy brown, margined with white ; tail dark brown, with dull whitish margins ; sides of head and neck reddish brown ; the cheeks with brownish streaks ; an indistinct ashy white supercilium marked with brown ; under parts plain brown, the sides of the breast and flanks streaked with dark brown, the centre of the abdomen dull white ; under tail-coverts broadly margined with white ; under wing-coverts ashy white ; axillaries yellow ; bill and legs fleshy brown ; iris ruddy brown. Culmen 0.48, wing 3.87, tail 2.65, tarsus 0.8 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. The Himalayas from Nepal to Bhutan, the Kan-su mountains in Mongolia, Moupin, and Western China.
Inhabits the Alpine regions, in summer at considerable altitudes, descending lower in the winter. When the young are fledged they collect in large flocks and frequent the meadows and slopes of the highest mountains. When in search of food they keep flying from place to place uttering a squeaking note. On the ground they disperse but on the wing form a dense mass. I do not find any description of its nest¬ or eggs.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
442. Fringalauda nemoricola
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
442
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
302
Common name: 
Hodgson’s Ground Finch
M_ID: 
30642
M_CN: 
Plain Mountain Finch
M_SN: 
Leucosticte nemoricola
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10364

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