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Snow Bunting

Plectrophenax nivalis ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: CALCARIIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Appropriately named, the Snow Bunting is a bird of the high Arctic and snowy winter fields. Even on a warm day, the mostly white plumage of a bunting flock evokes the image of a snowstorm.

Calls

  • Song, call
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Song a low, husky warbling. Calls include a clear "chew," a husky rolling rattle, a short buzz, and a sharp "chi-tik."

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