[Chestnut-collared Longspur, ML 206404] The cheerful-voiced Chestnut-collared Longspur gets along well with the cattle that share its northern prairie breeding range - for the most part. Two hundred years ago, the birds shared the prairies with bison, which kept the grasses short enough for the birds to nest. Longspurs are named for the long claw on the bird's hind toe. Bird Studies Canada Études d’Oiseaux. The cheerful-voiced Chestnut-collared Longspur shares its northern prairie breeding range with grazing cattle. vi COSEWIC HISTORY The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) was created in 1977 as a result of a recommendation at the Federal-Provincial Wildlife Conference held in 1976. breeding populations of the Chestnut-sided Longspur as ‘vulnerable’, ‘imperiled’ or ‘critically imperiled’. Smith's longspur (Calcarius pictus) is a bird from the family Calcariidae, which also contains the other species of longspurs. The Chestnut-collared Longspur defends his territory by performing a remarkable aerial display. Declining migrants like this one need habitat on both breeding and wintering grounds. The bird descends on rapidly fluttering wings, … Birds connect us with the joy and wonder of nature. Chestnut-collared Longspur - Lake Tawakoni, Van Zandt Co., January 8, 2012 Photos by Ken Nanney Chestnut-collared Longspur , Joe Pool Lake, Dallas Co., November 12, 2011 The relationship between cow and bird is complicated, Chestnut-collared Longspur – More at All About Birds. Our Long-billed Curlew Project now underway in the northern Great Plains also will provide breeding habitat for longspurs through well-managed grazing on private lands. Today's show brought to you by the Bobolink Foundation. Like the Baird’s Sparrow and other grassland SAR, the Chestnut-collared Longspur has declined precipitously in Manitoba and their range has shrunk in this province. The Chestnut-collared Longspur is an iconic species of shortgrass prairie, once nesting at sites grazed by bison or disturbed by fire. COSEWIC status: CCLO Chestnut-collared Longspur Small gray bill, overall pale straw color, dark rear auriculars, light circle around eye, blurry streaks on chest and sides. Our Mexican partner Pronatura Noreste has established the El Tokio Grassland Priority Conservation Area providing winter habitat for this longspur as well as Long-billed Curlew and Mountain Plover. -from COSEWIC and The Birds of Manitoba (p. 367), Calcarius ornatus The Chestnut-collared Longspur is a focus species of ABC's efforts to "bring back the birds." Happy spring birding (sure felt like it today)! Chestnut-collared Longspur, ML 206404, recorded by Bob McGuire. The birds build their grass nests directly on the ground. They are now only found in an area extending south and west of Carberry, northward along the Assiniboine River to St. Lazare. In flight, it gave several "kiddle" calls characteristic for CCLO, and the face pattern seems too contrasting for a McCown's. Primarily a ground-feeding seed-eater, it supplements its diet with insects in the summer. Domestic cattle, ML 55308, recorded by William H. Gunn.BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.Producer: John KesslerProduction Manager: Allison WilsonEditor: Ashley AhearnProducer: Mark BramhillAssociate Producer: Ellen Blackstone© 2020 BirdNote   September  2020   Narrator: Mary McCann ID #: CCLO-01-2020-09-28      CCLO-01. [Domestic cattle, ML 55308]But that relationship is not always an amicable one. BIRD OF THE WEEK: 5/23/2014 SCIENTIFIC NAME: Calcarius ornatus POPULATION: 3 million TREND: Declining HABITAT: Breeds in shortgrass prairie; winters in open, cultivated fields. The bird rapidly ascends to around 30 feet, then flies in undulating circles while spreading his white-marked tail and singing. The nest is an open cup on the ground in low grasses (image to the left), sometimes partially concealed by a nearby clump of taller vegetation. Following the breeding season, flocks of Chestnut-collared Longspurs head south to winter on the dry grasslands of the south-central and southwestern United States, as well as the Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands of north-central Mexico. Today, with most native habitat gone, it is often found in pastures and airstrips. IUCN: Near-threatened, ©2012. Unfortunately, there is evidence that pesticides used to control crop pests reduce their hatching success, a further threat to this species. Written by Rick Wright This is BirdNote. [Chestnut-collared Longspur, ML 206404] However, if cows are managed properly, they may be able to help longspurs persist. Conserving geographically linked habitats in places both north and south also benefits North American migrants such as Sprague's Pipit and resident birds like Mexico's Worthen's Sparrow. Today, on the northern Great Plains, longspurs’ breeding success rates have been shown to increase when ranchers carefully manage their cattle to avoid overgrazing and habitat degradation.And grassland birds need every bit of help they can get—even from cows. All Rights Reserved, within the Souris River and "blind Souris" valleys south of Melita; and. with Chestnut-collared Longspur and does not match McCown's or Smith's. Description. ; details...   “There is nothing quite like watching the sun rise over a prairie with exuberant longspurs dancing in the wind,” says Dan Casey of ABC's Northern Rockies office. The bird rapidly ascends to around 30 feet, then flies in undulating circles while spreading his white-marked tail and singing. Manitoba ESA: Endangered Chestnut-collared Longspurs are double-brooded with peak laying nears, near Winnipeg, from late May to early June and mid-July. Donate to support ABC's conservation mission! Sign up for ABC's eNews to learn how you can help protect birds, Chestnut-collared Longspur, by All Canada Photos, Alamy Stock Photo. The cheerful-voiced Chestnut-collared Longspur shares its northern prairie breeding range with grazing cattle. Our site uses cookies to collect anonymous information about your use of our website. They are occasionally reported further north in remnant fescue prairie sites. Their song is quite similar to that of Western Meadowlark but much softer and can be a good way to detect these birds. Although heavy grazing can have adverse effects, breeding densities of longspurs jump by two, three, or even 10 times when ranchers graze their cattle responsibly on native prairies. Breeding populations can be found in pockets: Chestnut-collared Longspurs prefer unbroken prairie (images a, b, and c); but will nest in pastures. Cows will sometimes step on the longspur’s neatly woven nests in the grass, and there are records of grazing cattle nudging eggs and chicks out of the nests and eating them. Great fun to have a Snow Bunting, a Lapland Longspur, a Chestnut-collared Longspur and a Horned Lark in the same scope view! As a general rule of thumb, Chestnut-collared Longpurs are found in large grassland areas with short grass and patches of open ground. As a general rule of thumb, Chestnut-collared Longpurs are found in large grassland areas with short grass and patches of open ground.