McCowns Longspur

Other Names: none

Distribution : prairies of the central United States and southern Canada, south to northern Mexico in winter.

Description:

Size: 15 cm in length.

Plumage:  Breeding males are streaked above in brown and gray, with a black crown, white face, and black mustache, and gray below with a bold black band across breast. Females and wnon-breeding males are generally duller and more uniformly streaked and can be identified by their black and white striped tail.

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McCowns Longspur

McCowns Longspur

Bill Shape
cone
Eats
apple-slices
fruit
millet
peanut-kernels
safflower
suet
Regions
alberta
arizona
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
idaho
indiana
kansas
louisiana
manitoba
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new mexico
north dakota
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
saskatchewan
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
wyoming
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
bold
Sounds
harsh song
Location
low perching
north in summer
Habitat
Forests
Grasslands
Color
black
blackandwhite
blue
gray
Body Shape
perching
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
longspurs and snow buntings - calcariidae
Bird Species