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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Leucosticte tephrocotis

Finch-like Birds
Finch-like Birds (Fringillidae)

Size: Length: 14-17 cm

Description: This common finch has a gray cap becoming dark-gray along the upper crown. Males have more gray visible towards the back of the head. There is a light patch at the base of the dark gray bill. The back, neck and breast are brown, with subtle streaking visible. The rump, lower belly and underside of the tail are tinged with pink. The wings have dark feathers, edged with pink. They prefer the barren landscape of the high country, collecting small seeds by hopping across the snow and ground. They nest in cracks and crevices in the rocks, often under rock overhangs. The male stays with his mate throughout the nesting season, but must vigorously defend his claim as there are approximately 6 males to every female. The call is a simple series of notes descending in sequence, with each resembling the phrase: "chew". Huge flocks migrate through the Rockies each spring and fall.

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