French: Plectrophane à ventre noir German: Gelbkehl-Spornammer Spanish: Escribano collarejo
J. K. Townsend
prairies of Platte River = near forks of Platte River, western Nebraska, USA
S Canada (from S Alberta, S Saskatchewan and SC Manitoba) S in Great Plains to NE Colorado, W Nebraska, N (locally also E & SC) South Dakota and W Minnesota; winters from S USA (Arizona E to C Kansas, C Oklahoma and C Texas, rarely to S California) to NC Mexico (Sonora and W Coahuila S to Zacatecas and Aguascalientes).
13·5–16·5 cm; 17–23 g. The smallest longspur, medium-sized and with much white in tail. Male breeding has black crown with white spot in middle;... read more
Song, often in flight, a musical warble generally lasting for 2–3 seconds, contains 7–8... read more
Breeds in arid short-grass or mixed-grass prairie that has been recently grazed, burnt or mowed;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet in breeding season in Colorado 28% seeds (mainly of grasses), 51% crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), 19% beetles (Coleoptera,... read more
Season early May to early Aug; often double-brooded, occasionally three broods. Monogamous; partners sometimes remain together for... read more
Migratory; moves mainly through W & C Prairies and Great Plains to non-breeding grounds from S... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Classified as “Declining” in the USA (Yellow WatchList priority species for conservation). Often common or very common in appropriate habitat.... read more
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