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McCown's longspur        Images © Mark A. Chappell

McCown's longspurs are birds of open dry prairies.   They breed on the northern Great Plains and winter farther south in Texas and vicinity (rarely to California).   Breeding-plumage adult males (most of the birds shown on this page) are distinctively marked with black-and-white faces, black chests, and chestnut 'shoulders'; females and young birds are more sedately marked.   Most were photographed in on the Pawnee Grasslands in northeastern Colorado; the winter bird was near Riverside, California.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2012, 2014, 2015)