Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Black-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla adamsi) - HBW 14, p. 811

French: Niverolle du Tibet German: Adamsschneesperling Spanish: Gorrión de Adams
Other common names: Adams's Snowfinch

Taxonomy: Montifringilla Adamsi Adams, 1859, Ladakh, India.
Forms a superspecies with M. nivalis and M. henrici, and all have in the past sometimes been considered conspecific. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • adamsi Adams, 1859 - N Kashmir and Ladakh NE along N Tibetan Plateau to Kunlun Shan (in Xinjiang), and SE along Himalayan chain to Sikkim (N India).
  • xerophila Stegmann, 1932 - C China from NE Qinghai (Qilian Shan) S to E Tibetan Plateau and SC Sichuan (Litang).