Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
The snow buntings are wintering in balmy central Ontario, visiting from the high Arctic. Usually I see them in flocks of between 30 and 80, flying together in sweeping bands as if in a blizzard. But this snow bunting was solo and willing to stand still for a short photo shoot.
Posing for the camera
Snow buntings do not have a breeding plumage. Underneath the colours you see here, the back feathers are pure black and the body feathers are white. During the winter, males rub the feather tips off on snow so that by breeding time he is a striking combination of black and white.
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