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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhynchophanes mccownii
HABITAT: Shortgrass prairie; also found in tundra and other open areas.
The clear, sweet voice of McCown’s Longspur rings out in the wide-open spaces of the Great Plains, joining with other prairie birds to create a symphony of song.
McCown’s Longspur has lost 4 percent of its population per year over the last 50 years, resulting in a cumulative loss of 88 percent, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.