Living Bird Magazine
McCown's LongspurRhynchophanes mccownii
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Calcariidae
A songbird of barren ground, the McCown's Longspur is found in shortgrass prairie and overgrazed pastures of the Great Plains.More ID Info
- Escribano de Mccown (Spanish)
- Plectrophane de McCown (French)
- Cool Facts
- Longspur refers to the elongated claw of the hind toe.
- McCown's Longspur territories are established and maintained by characteristic aerial displays, where the male flies up and sings while floating downward. The male may alight on the ground following a display, but more typically he rises up again and repeats the display. He may also sing from perches such as shrubs and rocks.