Lapland Longspur

(Calcarius lapponicus)

Conservation Status
Lapland Longspur
Photo by Laurie Wachholz
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

6 to 6¼ in length

8 to 11½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

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

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

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

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

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Insects and seeds in the summer, seeds in the winter

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

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

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Calcariidae (Longspurs, Snow Buntings)  
  Subfamily Emberizinae  
  Tribe Emberizini  
 

Genus

Calcarius (typical longspurs)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Alaska Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus alascensis)

East Siberian Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus coloratus)

Eastern Nearctic Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus subcalcaratus)

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus kamtschaticus)

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus lapponicus)

 
       
 

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  Lapland Longspur    
       
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  30388 Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)  

 

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  IJsgors - Calcarius lapponicus - Lapland Longspur
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About

Published on Jan 25, 2013

IJsgors - Calcarius lapponicus - Lapland Longspur

23-JAN-2013

Kwade Hoek

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  Lapland Longspurs
Woodfibrebirder
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 26, 2012

Lapland Longspurs - Squamish Estuary October 25, 2012

   
       

 

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