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Snow Bunting
Traits: Small white bird with long black and white wings

Habitat: Alpine and lowland tundra throughout Alaska in summer; some remain along the coast throughout winter, but most migrate to central plains of the Lower 48.

Foods: Seeds and buds of tundra plants, amphipods, crane flies, spiders, beetles

Eaten by: Foxes, weasels, jaegers, short-eared owls, falcons, small hawks

Do You Know? Snow buntings avoid severe cold by burrowing into the snow. They often nest in buildings and boxes abandoned by humans.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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