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SNOW BUNTING

Appropriately named, the Snow Bunting is a small songbird of the hight Arctic and wintery fields.

Snow Buntings have mostly white plummage with brownish patches on their back and face and black on their tail and wing tips.

 

The male Snow Bunting returns to its high Arctic breeding grounds in early April with the female following approximately four to six weeks later. The males set up their nests in deep cracks or cavities in the rocks preparing for their females arrival. Once their eggs are laid the female remains with the nest during incubation relying on the male to return frequently with food.  They feed on weed and grass seeds, as well as insects.

 

Though the Snow Bunting breeds in the rocky tundra they actually winter in open weedy and grassy fields and along lake and ocean shores.

 

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