Fringillauda Hodgs. in Gray's Zool. Misc., p. 84 (1844). Type, Fringillauda nemoricola Hodgs.
This genus is now often " lumped" with Leucosticte of Swainson, a genus containing birds of the Rose-Finch type with very stout bills and much red on their plumage. I can not see that they are congeneric.
Fringillauda differs from Montifringilla in having a more slender bill, a forked tail and practically no white on their plumage. The trivial names dividing these genera into Snow-Finches and Mountain-Finches seem to be excellent.
Key to Species.
A. No rose-colour on rump or wing-coverts…………F. nemoricola, p. 191.
B. Rump and wing-coverts suffused with rosy…………F. brandti, p. 193.