Snow Bunting


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Snow Bunting

 

(Plectrophenax nivalis), a bird of the family Emberizidae of the order Passeriformes. The snow bunting is the sole member of the genus Plectrophenax. It is 15–19 cm long and weighs 35–40 g. The male is white marked with black; in the autumn and winter the edges of the newest feathers are reddish.

The female is brownish. Snow buntings are found in the polar regions—on the arctic islands and in the tundra zone, as far south as Scotland and the Komandorskie Islands. The birds migrate for the winter to the forest-steppe and steppe zones. They settle in rocky or dry maritime tundra. Snow buntings nest in June and early July, building their nest on the ground among rocks or driftwood. The female lays four to seven eggs, which both parents incubate for 12 or 13 days. The snow bunting feeds on seeds, insects, and the green parts of plants.

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But the photo-finish revealed he had been beaten a short-head - to the astonishment of trainer Alan Berry, and of Jedd O'Keeffe whose fast-finishing Snow Bunting got the narrow verdict.
A Lapland Bunting and a Snow Bunting were on the Great Orme, with Bramblings here and at several other locations, passing through Wales en route to Scandinavia.
A single snow bunting was on the Great Orme, while at least one ring-necked parakeet is enjoying the bird table snacks in a Llanrhos garden.
A BIRDWATCHER who failed to spot a rare snow bunting on a trip to the Arctic returned to Britain and saw one in her garden.
The 6-1 shot was sent clear off the home turn by Millman, who had been on the 13 mark for the season for 56 days, and while the pack was closing ominously in the last 150 yards, the Dean Ivory-trained gelding held on by a length from Snow Bunting.