Black Rosy-FinchLeucosticte atrata
5 1/2-6 1/2" (14-17 cm). Male is dark blackish-brown, with conspicuous gray cap, black forehead, and much pink on belly, rump, wings, and tail. Female is browner, showing some pink, and may not have gray cap. Bill yellowish in both sexes.
A variety of low cheep notes are used in various situations: as a contact call in flight and in proclaiming an occupied nesting territory.
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Alpine tundra and meadows; winters in nearby lowlands.
Breeds in Rocky Mountains of southwestern Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, northeastern Nevada, and northern Utah. Winters south to northern Arizona and New Mexico.
In winter, when mixed flocks of rosy-finches roam the highlands of the Great Basin, Blacks and Gray-crowns are seen roosting together in caves or abandoned mine shafts, in barns, or under bridges.
3-5 white eggs in a cup nest placed in a hole in a vertical cliff.