Range. - Breeds in the Arctic regions, and winters irregularly in large flocks through the United States to Oregon, Kansas and Georgia.
These birds are only seen in the United States in large roving flocks, during the winter when they feed on weed seeds on side hills. Their nests are built on the ground, being sunk into the spagnum moss, and made of grasses lined with feathers. Their four or five eggs are a light greenish white, spotted and splashed with yellowish brown and lilac. Size .90x.65.
Range. - Pribilof and Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
A slightly larger variety which is resident on the islands in its range. Eggs like those of the preceding; laid from May to July.