French: Plectrophane de McCown German: Weißkehl-Spornammer Spanish: Escribano de McCown
high prairies of western Texas, USA
S Canada (SE Alberta and SC Saskatchewan) S in USA to Montana, W North Dakota, Wyoming, SW South Dakota, NC Colorado and W Nebraska. Winters in S USA (mainly in NW & SC Texas, Oklahoma Panhandle, E New Mexico and SE Arizona, rarely in S California, SE Colorado, W Kansas and E Texas) and N Mexico (S to N Durango, occasionally Zacatecas).
14–16 cm; male average 26·7 g, female average 24·7 g. Medium-sized short-tailed longspur with extensive white in tail, large conical bill. Male breeding... read more
Male territorial song, generally given in display-flight, sometimes from perch on fence or rock, a... read more
Breeds in sparse, arid short-grass prairie, typically in mix of short-grass species (e.g. ... read more
Food and feeding
On breeding grounds in Saskatchewan seeds of various sorts (e.g. Chenopodium, Carex, Avena and Triticum... read more
Season May–Jul; second brood often attempted, may be started as early as late Jun. Monogamous; rarely bigamous. Males arrive on breeding... read more
Migratory, moving through Great Plains. Spring migration from late Feb through Apr; males migrate... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Has reasonably large range, within which population estimated at 1,100,000 mature individuals. Although locally common in appropriate... read more
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