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White-rumped Snowfinch

Onychostruthus taczanowskii

The white-rumped snowfinch, known scientifically as Onychostruthus taczanowskii, is a passerine bird that belongs to the sparrow family, Passeridae. It is the sole representative of its genus, Onychostruthus, and is sometimes classified under the genus Montifringilla. This bird is characterized by its distinctive white rump, which stands out against its predominantly grey-brown plumage.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the white-rumped snowfinch, look for its notable white rump, which is a key distinguishing feature. The bird's overall coloration is a blend of grey and brown tones, which provides camouflage against the rocky mountainous landscapes it inhabits.

Habitat

The white-rumped snowfinch is found in the rocky terrains of mountainous regions. These birds are well-adapted to their rugged habitat, where they navigate with ease among the stones and sparse vegetation.

Distribution

This species is native to Tibet and central-northern China, where it resides in the high-altitude environments that these regions offer.

Behaviour

Observing the white-rumped snowfinch in its natural habitat, one would notice its adeptness at moving through its rocky surroundings. The bird's behavior is shaped by the challenging terrain it calls home.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the white-rumped snowfinch as Least Concern. This status indicates that the species, at present, does not face any immediate threat of extinction in the wild.

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