French: Plectrophane lapon German: Spornammer Spanish: Escribano lapón
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. alascensis
Ridgway, 1898 – Pribilof Is, N & W Alaska (including St Lawrence I, Aleutian Is, Semidi Is, Kodiak I and Middleton I) and NW Canada (N Yukon and NW Northwest Territories); winters in extreme S Canada (S British Columbia) and USA (W Montana and S South Dakota S to NE California, N Arizona and N Texas, casually S to C California and E to Ohio).
C. l. lapponicus
(Linnaeus, 1758) – N Canada (S to C Nunavut, N Ontario, N Quebec and N Labrador) and W & S Greenland, and from W & N Fennoscandia E across N Siberia (including S third of Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya, New Siberian Is and Wrangel I) to Bering Strait; winters in USA (Colorado E to Wisconsin, S to N Texas, Tennessee and Delaware, casually Louisiana and Florida) and SE Canada (S Ontario, S Quebec and C Nova Scotia), and in Palearctic on S North Sea shores, CE Europe and E across C Asia to Russian Altai, Mongolia and N China.
C. l. coloratus
Ridgway, 1898 – E Siberia around N portion of Shelekhova Gulf, on Kamchatka Peninsula and Commander Is; winters in E China S to R Yangtze (and occasionally Sakhalin, Korea and Japan).
15·5–17 cm; 22·5–35 g. A fairly large and stocky emberizid with relatively short tail, deep-based, short and triangular bill, long wing (long... read more
Song, usually in flight, also from ground, a pleasant warble, e.g. “vree didi vreer di vridi... read more
Breeds in tundra at edge of tree-line, where found in sedges (Carex) and grasses (Poaceae... read more
Food and feeding
In breeding season, mainly invertebrates (especially Diptera), especially craneflies (Tipulidae) in Alaska. Opportunistically feeds on... read more
Median dates for start of egg-laying range from 30th May to 27th Jun, depending on locality (and at any given site clutch initiation tends... read more
Migratory, moving both diurnally and nocturnally. Spring migration from early Feb to early Mar in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant or very common in appropriate habitat. Has extremely large circumpolar range, within which total population estimated as being as high as... read more
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