438. Montifringilla mandellii

438. MANDELLI’S SNOW-FINCH.
MONTIFRINGILLA MANDELLII.
Montifringilla mandellii, Hume, Str. Feath. iv. p. 488 (1876) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 262 ; Onychospiza taczanowskii, Prjev. Mongol i Strana Tangut. ii. p. 81, tab. xi. fig. 1 (1876) ; David and Oust Ois. Chine, p. 548 (1877).
Male ad. Forehead and supercilium white ; crown and nape earthy brown ; a somewhat indistinct, dull, greyish white collar ; back dark earth-brown, striped with dull white ; rump white ; upper tail-coverts pale fawn-brown ; quills brown, margined with white, secondaries broader, margined with dull white and pale fawn ; wing-coverts broadly tipped with white ; under parts white ; lores and region round the eye black ; bill horn-colour, darker at the tip ; legs black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.5, wing 4.1, tail 2.7, tarsus 0.9 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Northern Tibet, the sources of the Tetung river ; Koko-nor ; the borders of Tsaidam, and the Njan-schan mountains.
In its habits it reminds one of the Chats, runs very swiftly, perches on stone-heaps or rocks, and bobs, continually vibrating its wings. It passes the night in the holes of a species of Lagomys, and also digs a hole for itself. It probably builds its nest in these holes, but its nest and eggs are unknown. It collects in small parties but never in large flocks.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
438. Montifringilla mandellii
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
438
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
299
Common name: 
Mandelli’s Snow Finch
M_ID: 
29462
M_CN: 
White-rumped Snowfinch
M_SN: 
Onychostruthus taczanowskii
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10525

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