THE SNOW FINCH MONTIFRINGILLA-NIVALIS AS A BREEDING BIRD IN GREECE

Authors
Citation
J. Holzinger, THE SNOW FINCH MONTIFRINGILLA-NIVALIS AS A BREEDING BIRD IN GREECE, Journal fur Ornithologie, 134(4), 1993, pp. 405-411
Citations number
23
Language
TEDESCO
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Ornithology
Journal title
ISSN journal
0021-8375
Volume
134
Issue
4
Year of publication
1993
Pages
405 - 411
Database
ISI
SICI code
0021-8375(1993)134:4<405:TSFMAA>2.0.ZU;2-E
Abstract
During systematic mapping of the breeding birds of Greece, the Snow Fi nch was found to be distributed in a nearly uninterrupted range at the montane level. Observations during the breeding season at 14 massifs from Killini in the northern Peloponnesos through the entire Pindus ch ain from Parnassos in the south to Grammos in the northwest, and at Mt s. Olympos and Kaimakcalan, have confirmed breeding or provided indire ct evidence of the presence of breeding birds (Fig. 1). Birds were obs erved at altitudes between 1980 and 2530 m above sea level (Fig. 3). H ere the Snow Finch inhabits the rocky region characterized by crags, s tony flat areas, scree-covered slopes and meadows of short grass in th e high alpine peak zone (Fig. 2). cautious estimates suggest that the breeding population in Greece numbers on the order of about 100 pairs. The range in Greece is continuous with one in the high mountain regio ns of the Balkan pensinsula, extending from SW Bulgaria across Yugosla vian Macedonia and Montenegro as far as Bosnia-Herzegovina. A systemat ic mapping of the alpine regions in the Balkans would probably provide further new evidence of breeding Snow Finches.