McCown's Longspur

Rhynchophanes mccownii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Code 4

MCLO

Code 6

RHYMCC

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The McCown's Longspur has a large range, estimated globally at 680,000 square kilometers. Native to Mexico and the United States, this bird prefers grassland ecosystems, though it has been known to reside on arable farm land. The global population of this bird is estimated at 1,100,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of McCown's Longspur is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

McCown's Longspur: Medium-sized sparrow with streaked gray upperparts, plain gray underparts, and darker breast. The head has a black crown, white face and throat, and a stout, heavy bill. White tail has diagnostic black inverted T. Wings have chestnut-brown bars. Black legs and feet.


Range and Habitat

McCown's Longspur: Breeds from southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan south to Wyoming, Colorado, and the western Dakotas. Spends winters from Colorado southward, mostly in western Oklahoma, northern and western Texas, and inland areas of northwestern Mexico. Found in shortgrass prairies, native grasslands, pastures, and agricultural areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"see, see, see me, see me, hear me, hear me, see", "churrip-churrip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The McCown's Longspur was named after Captain John P. McCown, an American army officer.
  • The name longspur refers to an elongated claw equivalent to a human's big toe.
  • These birds so dislike moisture that in wet seasons they may abandon areas where they normally are abundant.
  • A group of longspurs are collectively known as a "drive" of longspurs.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for McCown's Longspur

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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