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Sprague's Pipit

Anthus spragueii ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: MOTACILLIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

A rare and declining songbird of the northern prairie, Sprague's Pipit is a small bird of the open grasslands. Though it feeds and nests exclusively on the ground, the species performs the longest known flight display of any bird.

Calls

Song, performed during aerial display, is a series of high, thin, repeated notes on multiple pitches, like the ringing of small bells. Call is a squeaky chip.

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