Chestnut-collared Longspur

The Chestnut-collared Longspur: A Tiny Bird with a Big Personality

The Chestnut-collared Longspur is an eye-catching bird that lives in the grasslands of North America. The name “longspur” refers to their long claws, which are adapted for walking on the ground and clinging to stalks of vegetation. In this blog post, we will discuss the basic description, where to find this bird, habitat, food, and cool facts.

Basic Description:

The adult male Chestnut-collared Longspurs have black feathers with white stripes on their backs and wings. They also have a distinctive chestnut-colored patch on their necks. Females are not as brightly colored as males but still have unique markings- they are brownish-gray with some black streaks on their breasts.

Where To Find This Bird:

Chestnut-collared Longspurs breed in the northern Great Plains region of Canada and Montana down into Wyoming during spring through summer months (April – August). During winter migration from September through February you can spot them in Central Mexico or along coastal regions like California or Texas.


This species prefers open grassy areas such as prairies or pastures for breeding purposes while spending most of its time outside these habitats throughout year-round migrations & overwintering periods when it rests in more mountainous landscapes at higher elevations instead.


Insects make up most of the diet for this bird species; however seeds also play a role especially during colder months when fewer insects are available due to harsh weather conditions typical in Canada’s prairie habitats where there is often snow cover from November until March each year.

Cool Facts:

1) The male birds attract females by singing high-pitched songs that last only two seconds – one second lower than humans’ hearing threshold! These courtship displays occur mostly during breeding season.
2) Unlike other songbirds, Chestnut-collared Longspurs do not build nests; instead, they lay their eggs directly on the ground, which requires them to be well-incubated and protected from predators.
3) This species has been known to fly over 1,500 miles during migration periods.

In conclusion, The Chestnut-collared Longspur is a fascinating bird with unique physical features and interesting behavioral patterns. If you ever get the chance to spot one in its natural habitat or hear its courtship song, consider yourself lucky!