Two White-winged Snowfinch (subspecies M. n. nivalis) in non-breeding plumage in the Dolomites, Italy - July 2004
OTHER NAMES: Snowfinch
Local Name (Italy): Fringuello alpino ("Alpine Finch")
Featured Subspecies: Montifringilla nivalis nivalis
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List Least Concern
White-winged Snowfinches are a high mountain species who nest upon the barren mountaintops at over 1500m. Despite the name they are actually Sparrows rather than Finches, and spends times in flocks. Another seed and insect eater, this is another species which has begun to to associate with human habitations like Ski-resorts and other mountaintop places of human habitation.
Subspecies: M. n. nivalis, M. n. leucura, M. n. alpicola, M. n. gaddi, M. n. tianshanica, M. n. groumgrzimaili, M. n. kwenlunensis
- Sighting Locations -
ITALY - A resident of the high mountains.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List