Tundra Animals
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Seeds
Order: Passeriformes: Perching birds
Size: 16 cm (6 1/4 in)
Family: Emberizinae: Buntings Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Plectrophenax nivalis Habitat: open stony country, tundra, mountains; winters also on coasts and open country
Range: Breeds in Iceland, Scandinavia, Northern Scotland, Arctic and subarctic Asia, North America; winters south of breeding range

Size of Snow BuntingIn breeding plumage, the male snow bunting is almost pure white, except for his black back, central tail and primary wing feathers. In winter, his white plumage becomes mottled with rusty brown. The female has a gray-brown head and back in summer and is simply paler and duller in winter. The snow bunting spends much of its time feeding on seeds and insects on the ground, where it can run quickly and hop.  The nest is made from dead grass, moss and lichen and is concealed among stones. The female lays 4 to 6 eggs, which she incubates for 10 to 15 days. The male bird feeds his mate during the incubation period and helps to feed the young.

Range of Snow Bunting

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