Lapland longspur Calcarius lapponicus

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In the breeding season, Lapland Longspurs are easily identified by their distinctive head pattern. In winter, they are often found in flocks with Snow Buntings or Horned Larks. They can be easily separated from those species by their streaked backs, rusty wings and face pattern. They are quite similar to the other longspur species. The Lapland Longspur has the least amount of white in the tail of any of the longspurs and is the only one with rusty wing coverts.