Chestnut-collared LongspurCalcarius ornatus
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Calcariidae
The black belly of the breeding male Chestnut-collared Longspur makes it stand out when proclaiming its territory on its short-grass prairie home. In other seasons the male is as drab and sparrow-like as the female.More ID Info
- Escribano Collarejo (Spanish)
- Plectrophane à ventre noir (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Chestnut-collared Longspur bred historically at sites recently grazed by bison or disturbed by fire. Even today, it avoids nesting in areas protected from grazing, instead preferring pastures and mowed areas such as airstrips, as well as grazed native prairie habitats.
- "Longspur" refers to the elongated claw of the hind toe.