Snow Bunting

(Plectrophenax nivalis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to locally abundant migrant and visitor

Habitat

Pastures, grassy or weedy fields, lakeshores, roadsides, feedlots

Size

6 to 7½ in length

14 wingspan


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Migration

Early October to late May


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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Calcariidae (Longspurs, Snow Buntings)

 

Subfamily:

Emberizinae

 

Tribe:

Emberizini

 
Subordinate Taxa

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis nivalis)

Icelandic Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis insulae)

Pribilof Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis townsendi)

Siberian Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis vlasowae)

 
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  Snow Bunting
JMC Nature Photos
 
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  Snow Bunting
Peanut1371
 
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  Snow Bunting
Wan Chan
 
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  Snow Bunting - Plectrophenax nivalis
Jean-François Hic
 
  Snow Bunting - Plectrophenax nivalis  

 

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  Snow Buntings
Paul Dinning
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 27, 2015

A pair of snow buntings have been at St Gothain Sands near Godrevy in Cornwall for a couple of weeks now. I finally managed to track them down.

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Filmed on 27th January 2015

Video Produced by Paul Dinning - Wildlife in Cornwall

 
     
  Snow Bunting flock Regina Christmas Bird Count 2015
Trevor Herriot
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 30, 2015

a short clip showing hundreds of Snow Buntings moving restlessly over a stubble field with a bit of snow cover just west of Regina, Saskatchewan during the 2015 Christmas Bird Count

 
     
  Snow Bunting - A taste of spring
ArcticDirector
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 12, 2016

A northern bunting that breeds mainly in the Arctic, the male having white plumage with a black back in the breeding season. More snow today. But when the sun broke thru the Snow Bunting jumped around in our backyard. The shot is taken from inside our house so it is not that clear.

Snow Bunting ( Plectrophenax nivalis )

Music: Noctilucent & Nori - We Could Dream

 
     
  Snow Buntings feeding and flight
Cheryl Harner
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 6, 2014

A large flock of snow bunting are feeding in the fields near Crestline, Ohio. Snow Buntings, with flashy black-and-white wings are quite striking in flight. Watch for the occasional Horned Lark and Lapland Longspurs in the video as well.

 
     
  Snow Bunting in My Yard 2014
Raymonde Bourgeois
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 23, 2014

Every winter the Snow Bunting birds show up at the feeder in my yard. They are so beautiful and relaxing to watch. Today they came to visit January 22 2014.

 
     

 

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