441. Montifringilla davidiana

441. DAVID’S SNOW-FINCH.
MONTIFRINGILLA DAVIDIANA.
Montifringilla davidiana (J. Verreaux), N. Arch. Mus. Bull. vi. p. 40, No. 32 (1870) ; (Prjev.), Mongol i Strana Tangut, &c., tab. xx. fig. 6, (egg) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 265 ; (David and Oust.) Ois. Chine, p. 339 ; Passer ouratensis ; David, MS. ; Swinhoe, P.Z.S. 1870, p. 430.
Male ad. Differs from M. blanfordi, in having the crown sandy grey, the forehead, a broad line round the bill, the chin and middle of the throat to the breast deep black, scarcely any rufous on the neck ; the upper parts distinctly striped with dark brown ; bill horn, rather paler at the base ; legs black. Culmen 0.4, wing 3.36. tail 1.8, tarsus 0.65 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. The highlands of Mongolia, south and east to the northern bend of the Khanghor.
In habits it resembles M. ruficollis, but its note is like that of Petronia stulta. It places its nest, which is formed of dry grass, hair, and down, in the deserted hole of Lagomys ogotono, at a depth of about 3 to 4 feet, or the bird digs a hole itself for that purpose, in which case it is narrower, not deeper than 2 to 3 feet and not straight but curved, and widened at the bottom where the nest is placed. The eggs, usually 6 to 7 in number, are deposited in May, and are white with a yellowish tinge, and measure about 0.81 by 0.56.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
441. Montifringilla davidiana
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
441
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
301
Common name: 
David’s Snow Finch
M_ID: 
29464
M_CN: 
Pere David's Snowfinch
M_SN: 
Pyrgilauda davidiana
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10192

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