(1086) Acanthis flavirostris montanella.
Linota montanella Hume, Lahore to Yarkand, p. 261 (1873) (Arpalak River, Yarkand).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to A. f. brevirostris but much more heavily marked below, the broad central streaks covering the flanks and extending on to the abdomen; at the same time the streaks on the breast are not so broad and never render this part almost uniform brown.
Colours of soft parts as in the Eastern Twite.
Measurements. Wing 73 to 78 mm.
Distribution. South Turkestan, Yarkand, Gilgit and North-West Kashmir.
Nidification. Unknown. It must certainly breed in Gilgit, where it appears to be resident from 5,000 feet upwards.
Habits. As far as is known similar to those of the other races but apparently keeps to very barren country.