Leucosticte

Leucosticte

 

a genus of birds of the Fringillidae family, order Passeriformes. Body length, about 15 cm; coloration, combinations of gray, reddish brown, and, in some birds, brown, reddish brown, and rose.

There are three species of Leucosticte, all of which nest in the USSR: L. nemoricola (Stoliczka’s mountain finch), L. brandti, and L. arctoa (the Siberian ground linnet). They are found in the mountains of Middle and Central Asia, middle and eastern Siberia, on the Kuril and Komandorskie islands, and in western North America. They live in the subalpine and alpine belts of the mountains; some species nest at altitudes up to 5,000 m. They are nonmigratory, but they move to different elevations in the winter. The nest is usually built under stones in mountain fields. There is one clutch per year. Their food consists of seeds or, more rarely, of insects.

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One of the bird specimens was described as a new species of rosy finch, Leucosticte kadiaka (McGregor, 1901), which has since been synonymized under the gray-crowned rosy finch, L.
One species Strix davidi did not have any records in the IUCN Red List, while another two species Caprimulgus centralasicus and Leucosticte sillemi were listed in the category of DD (data deficient).
Finally, the arctic rosy-finch (Leucosticte arctoa) is restricted to the continental and mountainous part of the LDNR.
B + M, Br - B Leucosticte arctoa B - - - - [Part 2 of 2] APPENDIX 1.