After a day staring at the peaks looking for distant gamebirds it was a pleasure to find this bird right by the vehicle. We were at 4,224 metres (13,858 feet).
This species has very small eyes, presumably an adaptation to its harsh environment.
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c, sc Palearctic from Tienshan to Altai and Himalayas in barren high-alpine zone; e Kazakhstan ne to Altay and Tuva regions (sc Russia), w, nw Xinjiang (nw China) and n, w Mongolia; in s through ne Afghanistan, e in Karakorum, s, c, e Tibet and Inner Hima