Editor’s Note: This is a shell account and still needs to be completed, but is a species we plan to cover.
Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata Ridgway (1874)
Natural History: –
Object of study: all vocalisations
Known range: This species’ range is centrally located in Mountain areas of the West compared to the more northern Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and the more southern Brown-capped Rosy-Finch.
Flight call: chew, as pert, pert, chew. seeer or zzeer call as well. There appears to be much overlap in the flight calls of the three Rosy-Finches.
Preferred foods: Various seeds from weeds and shrubs, but also found at feeders in lowland valleys during the winter.
Irruptions: Is known as an altitudinal migrant in central areas of the Mountain West. Does irrupt to certain areas in higher numbers some years.
FiRN Needs: Recordings from the entire distribution area would be appreciated.