French: Pipit de Sprague German: Präriepieper Spanish: Bisbita llanero
near Fort Union, North Dakota, USA
S Canada (C & SE Alberta, C & S Saskatchewan, SW Manitoba; occasionally S British Columbia) and N USA (N & C Montana, North Dakota, N South Dakota, NW Minnesota). Winters from S USA S to C Mexico.
15–17 cm; c. 25 g. Rather small, highly secretive pipit with strongly streaked upperparts. Has indistinct pale buffish supercilium, pale buffy grey-brown ear-coverts... read more
Song, almost always in flight, a musical series of thin, jingling phrases on descending scale,... read more
Grassland and weedy fields on plains and prairies during summer; in non-breeding season, temperate... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates, mainly insects such as grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (... read more
Laying in late May and Jun. Displaying male ascends to over 100 m, circles and sings with tail spread, then plunges, wings closed, towards... read more
Migratory. Leaves breeding grounds from late Sept, flying mostly through C USA; spends non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Population has declined rapidly. Probably fairly common in some parts of range but uncommon to rare in others; in USA, breeds only irregularly in South Dakota and... read more
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