Black Rosy-Finch

Leucosticte atrata

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

BLRF

Code 6

LEUATR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

4 - 5



Incubation Days:

12 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In rock or cliff crevice, or in cave or under eaves of buildings.



Nest Material:

Grass and moss with lining of hair, feathers, and soft grasses.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Black Rosy-Finch: Medium-sized finch with black-brown breast, and back, and gray headband. Belly, rump, and wing patches are pink mixed with brown. Female is similar but not as pink.

Range and Habitat

Black Rosy-Finch: Breeds in the Rocky Mountain regions of southwestern Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming to northern Nevada, Utah, and Colorado; spends winters south into northern Arizona and New Mexico. Preferred habitats include alpine tundra and meadows; during winter it can be found in nearby lowlands.

Breeding and Nesting

Black Rosy-Finch: Four to five white eggs are laid in a cup nest built in a hole in a vertical cliff. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Black Rosy-Finch: Feeds on insects and other invertebrates in spring and summer; in the fall and winter, seeds and other plant parts make up the diet.

Vocalization

Black Rosy-Finch: Emits a variety of low "cheep" notes that are used for various situations such as a contact call in flight and in proclaiming an occupied nesting territory.

Similar Species

Black Rosy-Finch: Other rosy finches show brown in plumage.

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X