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Pied wagtail, Champagny-en-Vanoise, French Alps
Pied wagtails in the Alps.
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 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.
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