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Pied wagtails

Pied wagtail

Pied wagtail, Champagny-en-Vanoise, French Alps

Pied wagtails in the Alps.

Pied wagtails

Pied wagtails are also known as white wagtails. They breed in the Alps in spring and summer, but head south to warmer climes in the winter.

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Snow finches

Snow finch on Mont de la Chambre

Snow finches are amongst the most attractive of Alpine birds, familiar to skiers who frequent mountain restaurants. In French, they are called niverolles. They are not true finches, but actually members of the sparrow family.

Snow finches are usually found between 2,000 and 3,000m altitude, in the Alps, in other mountain ranges in Europe and Turkey, and in the Himalayas.

Read about snow finches.

Alpine animals & birds


There are many beautiful animals and birds living in the Alps, including mountain hares, marmots, and snow finches.

Read about Alpine animals and birds.

Mountain hareMarmotte, Val ThorensPtarmigan near Pralognan

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