Calcariidae – Longspurs, Snow Buntings

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) by J Fenton

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) by J Fenton

Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! (Psalms 148:7-10 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Calcariidae – Longspurs, snow buntings

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Species (6)

McCown’s Longspur (Rhynchophanes mccownii)
Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)
Smith’s Longspur (Calcarius pictus)
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
McKay’s Bunting (Plectrophenax hyperboreus)


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Dave’s BirdingPix
Jim Fenton
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Ray’s Wildlife Photography

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Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) by Keith Blomerley – A female standing on a rock


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The Longspurs, genus Calcarius, are a group of birds in the family Calcariidae. The name refers to the long claw on the hind toe of each foot.

These are chunky ground-feeding birds with long wings which are usually seen in open areas. Males declare ownership of a territory by singing during short flights over it. The male’s breeding plumage is much brighter than his winter plumage. These birds gather in large flocks in winter. The longspurs are all found in North America; the Lapland Longspur, or Lapland Bunting, is also found in Europe and Asia. (Wikipedia)

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