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17 cm. A medium-large bullfinch with a short, curved bill and a long, notched tail.
Juveniles like femals but tawny-brown overall and with no black on forehead and less on face
This is a monotypic species.
Found in submontane and lower montane conifer forest and open mixed deciduous and conifer forests.
Usually seen in pairs or small, often single-sex flocks, in non-breeding season in larger flocks of 20 to 30 birds, sometimes more. A rather lethargic species, spending long times in on place.
Feeds on seeds. Takes also buds, willow catkings, berries, nectar and some arthropods.
Breeding season from May to August. The nest is a cup made of plant fibres, twigs, roots and lichen. It's placed up to 3 m above the ground in a small tree. Lays 3-4 eggs.
A resident species with some altitudinal movements. Descends to lower levels of breeding range in non-breeding season.
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