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Lapland Longspur


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A common songbird of the Arctic tundra, the Lapland Longspur winters in open fields across much of the United States and southern Canada.


Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized sparrow-like bird.
  • Short, thick, pointed bill.
  • White outer tail feathers.
  • Rufous patch in wings.
  • Streaked sides.
  • Smudge on breast.
  • Breeding male with black face and chest, yellowish eyestripe, and rufous nape.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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Similar Species

  • Horned Lark has thin bill, black face patch, black tail with white outer tail feathers.
  • Pipits have thin bills.
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur has black triangle on white tail; breeding male has black chest and belly and rufous nape.
  • Smith's Longspur has two white outer tail feathers, distinct pale wingbars, and is buffy on chest and belly.
  • McCown's Longspur has black T on white tail (tip and center black); breeding male has small black chest patch and gray belly.

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