McCown's Longspur Identification

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized sparrow-like bird.
  • Short, thick, pointed bill.
  • Tail white with black "T" (black center and tip).
  • Breeding male has black crown and chest, gray belly, and rufous bar in wings.
  • Female and winter male grayish brown with dusky streaks on back and sides.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.
Relative Size

Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 5.5-6.3 in (14-16 cm)
    • Weight: 0.9-1.0 oz (25-29 g)