1112. Montifringilla taczanowskii

(1112) Montifringilla taczanowskii (Prjev.).
THE ASHY-NECKED SNOW-FINCH.
Montifringilla taczanowskii, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iii, p. 188.
This species is found from Sikkim and Tibet to Kansu, and probably breeds above 12,000 feet in all these countries.
There is very little on record about its nidification. I have one clutch of four eggs taken by Capt, Steen near Gyantse, sent me with the following note :—“Nest a pad of fine dried grasses and a few chips of leaves, placed in a chamber at the end of a rat’s burrow, and lined with fur. Site selected, a very barren, stony waste on a gradually sloping hill-side.”
This nest was taken on the 19th June, 1906, and later Steen wrote me that the burrow was probably that of a Lagomys and not a rat.
Ludlow (Ibis, 1928, p. 67) says that this Finch is very common around Phari, “living with mouse-hares in whose burrows it breeds. Capt. Steen toot its eggs on a hill near Gyantse, but it is not common there. I have seen fully fledged young at Kala early in July.”
The eggs are indistinguishable from those of the preceding bird, the four measuring 23.1 x 16.9, 23.8 x 17.1, 24.1 x 18.0 and 21.6 x 16.4 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1112. Montifringilla taczanowskii
Spp Author: 
Prjev.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1112
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
87
Common name: 
Mandellis Snow Finch
M_ID: 
29462
M_CN: 
White-rumped Snowfinch
M_SN: 
Onychostruthus taczanowskii
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14206

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