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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.

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Calls

  • Flight song
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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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