Longspur, Chestnut-Collared bird pictureCHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR
538. Calcarius ornatus. 6.25 inches
Male in summer with a black breast and crown and chestnut nape; female and male in winter much duller and with all bright markings covered with grayish.
Unlike the preceding Longspurs, these are constant residents in the greater part of the Western Plains, in some localities being classed as one of the most abundant birds.
They have a short, sweet song that, in springtime, is frequently given as the bird mounts into the air after the fashion of the Horned Larks.
They commonly feed about ploughed fields, along the edges of which they build their nests.
Song. - A short, sweet trill; alarm note a sharp chip, and call note a more musical chirp.
Nest. - Of fine grasses, placed on the ground in open prairies or along the edges of cultivated fields, often being concealed beside a tussock; their four or five eggs are clay color marked with reddish brown and lavender (.75 x .55).
Range. - Breeds in the Great Plains from Kansas and Colorado north to Manitoba; winters south to Mexico.