White-winged Snowfinch

Montifringilla nivalis

(M. n. alpicola)

Armenian Name: Ձյան ճնճղուկ
White-winged Snowfinch

See Plate 57 for White-winged Snowfinch and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:17 cm, Wing Span:34-38 cm
Distribution Map: Map 334.
Description: Bold black, gray-brown, and white pattern.
Adult: Black primaries contrast with white innerwing in flight. Gray-brown head and back. Bold white sides to black central tail and uppertail coverts.
Adult (Breeding): Mostly blackish bill. Male has a more distinct black chin patch than female.
Adult (Non-breeding): Both sexes have a faint chin patch and dark-tipped pale bill.
Juvenile: Similar to non-breeder, but more uniform yellow-brown, especially on innerwing. Brownish outerwing and central tail.
Behavior: Gregarious; forms large feeding flocks in alpine meadows after breeding season.
Habitat: High mountain slopes with meadows and rocky areas.
Food: Seeds, small invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of grass and hair in rock crevice or hole.
Eggs: 23 mm, 4-5, white.