Smiths Longspur

Range:

Breed in northern Canada and Alaska and migrate south to south-central United States for the winter.

 

Description:

These ground-feeding birds have short, cone-shaped bills, streaked backs and dark tails with white outer retrices.

Breeding males have orange throats, napes and underparts.  The face is black-and-white patterned.

Females are lightly streaked buffy below.  They have dark crowns, brown wings with less obvious white lesser coverts, and pale faces.

Smiths Longspur

Bill Shape
cone
Eats
apple-slices
fruit
millet
peanut-kernels
safflower
suet
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
vermont
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
bold
streaks
wingbands
Sounds
harsh song
Location
high perching
low perching
north in summer
Habitat
Forests
Grasslands
Color
buff
brown
green
yellow
Body Shape
perching
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
longspurs and snow buntings - calcariidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species