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Snow Bunting

Plectrophenax nivalis

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Bold black-and-white wing patches are distinctive in flight. Breeds on tundra at northern latitudes; forms flocks in the winter and moves south. Nonbreeding birds are overall white below with warm brown and orange tones on head and back. During the breeding season they are white with black or gray on the back. Often forms mixed flocks with other field birds in the winter.

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