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Sparrow, Val Thorens, French Alps
Sparrows in the Alps.
Sparrows live in Val Thorens at 2,300m all year round. They make use of the eaves of buildings for shelter, and also congregate in the small conifers which have been planted around resort in recent years. Their noisy chirruping is a cheerful year-round background to any walk around Val Thorens.
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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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