1113. Montifringilla ruflcoUis

(1113) Montifringilla ruflcollis Blanf.
Montifringilla ruficollis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 189.
The Red-necked Snow-Finch occurs and probably breeds in Sikkim, Tibet to Koku Nur and Kansu between 12,500 and 15,000 feet.
The first account of this bird’s nesting is that of Baily (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xx, p. 221, 1910), who writes:—“This bird nests in the disused hole of a mouse-hare (Lagomys). I have only obtained one nest, which was about one foot below the surface of the ground at the end of a tunnel about 4 feet long from the entrance. The nest was very roughly made of roots and grass and was lined with feathers, wool and the fur of the mouse-hare. The nest contained four white eggs.
“These eggs were taken at Phari, Tibet, on the 3rd June, 1908, at an altitude of 14,300 feet. The bird was common and I saw several pairs making their nests. I also obtained several nests of M. adamsi at the same place.”
Steen and later collectors again found the nest of this bird in May and June and give similar accounts of the nesting, except that none of them saw any feathers used as lining.
Macdonald sent me one nest with four eggs with the following note —"I am sending you a new bird, nest and eggs. The nest was of dead grass-stems wound round and across and lined with fur, placed in a hole in a largo heap of stones. The bird is the one I send you marked ‘6’ ; my hoy killed it with a stick as it came out of the hole and then we found the nest.” This was taken on the
10 th May and contained four fresh eggs, and a second nest was found in a Lagomys burrow with three eggs.
The eggs are similar in whiteness, texture and shape to those of Montifringilla n. adamsi already described, but are much smaller.
Fifteen eggs average 20.7 x 15.3 mm. : maxima 21.7 x 16.0 and 21.6 x 16.3 mm. ; minima 19.0 x 12.0 mm. (F. M. Baily).

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1113. Montifringilla ruflcoUis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Red Necked Snow Finch
Rufous-necked Snowfinch
Pyrgilauda ruficollis
Vol. 3

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