Snow Bunting

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 38 Snow Bunting Length 7 inches Snow Buntings or Snowflakes belong to that small group of birds which, like the Shore Lark and the Lapland Longspur, come drifting down before the smiting blasts of winter. This species is most appropriately named, for it is the only member of the Sparrow family in which white predominates on all its body. The birds, indeed, seem like animated snowflakes as they quietly settle down in large flocks to feed in the snow-clad fields. Snow Buntings feed entirely on seeds, of which they seem to find a plentiful supply no matter how deep the snow or severe the weather. They are rather restless and active birds, starting up the slightest provocation as though tossed into the air, after which they go wheeling across the country to alight in some fresh foraging ground. They sometimes sing cheerily when flying through the chill blasts. With the disappearance of the snow these birds return again to their far northern home. The nest is of grass and moss and lined with feathers. From three to five eggs are laid, pale greenish-white, speckled with brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Fringillidae. Scientific name: Plectrophenax nivalis. Range: Throughout the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere. In North America it breeds from Labrador and Hudson Bay northward. Winters irregularly south into Northern United States. No. 38 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies. 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00, post paid

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