Smith's longspur Calcarius pictus

Identification Tips:

Adult male alternate:

Female and basic:

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In the breeding season, the male Smith's Longspur is easily identified. The female and winter plumages are very similar to other longspurs. When seen, the white shoulder is diagnostic. McCown's and Chestnut-collared have more white in the tail, especially at the base. McCown's has less streaking on the underparts. McCown's, Chestnut-collared and Lapland sometimes show dark areas on the breast that are lacking in the Smith's. Lapland Longspur has rusty wings. Smith's Longspur can be told from Snow Buntings and Horned Larks by its streaked upperparts and buff underparts.