Sprague’s Pipit


(Anthus spraqueii)

Unlike its far more common American Pipit cousin, which is usually seen in small flocks, Sprague’s Pipit is uncommon and tends to be solitary. It breeds on the northern great plains, but can be found in the winter very locally in parts of Texas, where it favors grassy fields and sparse or even bare ground such as airstrips or freshly plowed fields. Its dark eye with a white eye ring against a pale face give it a characteristic “blank” expression.

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