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Lapland Longspur
Calcarius lapponicus

Sparrows, Grosbeaks and Buntings
Sparrows, Finches & Grosbeaks (Emberizidae)

Size: Length: 16 cm Wingspan: 27-30 cm

Description: An uncommon migrant in the Rockies, the Lapland longspur is more likely to be encountered in the tundra like landscape of the alpine. It is a sparrow-like bird which is normally viewed in non-breeding plumage when migrating. The crown is dark brown, and there is a broad brown patch on the side of the face. It encompasses the eyebrow region and cheek. The cheek is outlined in black, and there is a black eye streak. The throat is white, and there is a white patch at the base of the cheek, separated from the throat by a black line running along the edge of the throat. The breast and flanks are brown, speckled with black. In the females, the breast is much more heavily spotted with black. The nape is brown, and the back, wings, and tail are brown streaked with black. Two faint white bands are visible in the wings. They have a habit of running, rather than hopping around the alpine collecting insects, seeds and berries.

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