Finches (Fringillidae)

Plain Mountain-finch (Leucosticte nemoricola) - HBW 15, p. 571

French: Roselin de Hodgson German: Waldschneegimpel Spanish: Pinzón Montano de Hodgson
Other common names: Hodgson's Mountain-finch, Hodgson's Rosy-finch

Taxonomy: Fringilauda nemoricola Hodgson, 1836, central and northern Nepal.
Geographical variation somewhat clinal; races weakly differentiated. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • altaica ( Eversmann, 1848) - S Russia (C & SE Altai E to S Baikal area) and W Mongolia S in mountains to E & S Kazakhstan (Tien Shan), NW China (NW Xinjiang S to NW Xizang), W & N Tajikistan and NE Afghanistan, thence E in NW Himalayas of N Pakistan and N India (Uttarakhand).
  • nemoricola ( Hodgson, 1836) - Tibetan Plateau E to C & S China (E Qinghai, Gansu, S Shaanxi, W Sichuan and NW Yunnan), and Himalayas from C Nepal E to Bhutan; non-breeding visitor NE Myanmar.