Lapland Longspur

(Calcarius lapponicus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

LC - Least Concern

Lapland Longspur

 

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to locally abundant migrant, common to uncommon winter resident in the south

Habitat

Open, weedy and grassy areas; plowed agricultural fields in winter

Photo by Laurie Wachholz
Size

6 to 6¼ in length

8 to 11½ wingspan

 

Identification

Lapland Longspur does not visit Minnesota in breeding or nesting season. Non-breeding males and females look like sparrows. The back and crown are heavily streaked with black. There is a black outline around the ear. The wings are long and have a rusty wing patch. The flanks are lightly streaked. The belly is white and there is a narrow streaked band across the breast. The tail is relatively short and the outer tail feathers are white.

 
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Food

Insects and seeds in the summer, seeds in the winter

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Late February to late May and early September to mid-November


Comments

Mixed Flocks
Lapland Longspur is often seen in mixed flocks with Snow Buntings and American Pipits.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Calcariidae (Longspurs, Snow Buntings)

 

Subfamily:

Emberizinae

 

Tribe:

Emberizini

 
Subordinate Taxa

Alaska Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus alascensis)

Eastern Nearctic Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus subcalcaratus)

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus coloratus)

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus kamtschaticus)

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus lapponicus)

 
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