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Black Rosy Finch

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Photo by Nick RichterSandia Crest, New Mexico, November 2005
Photo by Nick Richter
Sandia Crest, New Mexico, November 2005
Leucosticte atrata


[edit] Identification

L 6" (15 cm)

  • Black on back, neck, breast, and face.
  • Gray head band
  • Shows extensive pink on wings and belly


  • Blackish gray
  • Little amounts of pink

[edit] Distribution

Idaho and Montana to Nevada and Utah; winters south to Arizona. Accidental vagrant to California.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species is monotypic.[1]

[edit] Habitat

Open mountainous tundra, rocky or grassy areas, near glaciers and snowfields. It winters in farmland, beside roads, and amongst buildings.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest on cliffs. The nest is made of grasses and moss, occasionally feathers mixed with grass and animal hair. The clutch consits of 4-5 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The winter diet consists of grass and weed seeds; in summer it includes insects.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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