- any of several fringillid birds of the genus Calcarius of tundra or prairie regions of North America, characterized by a long spurlike hind claw on each foot.
Origin of longspur
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The finest singing bird in the country is the Lapland longspur.The Land of Tomorrow
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The increase of juveniles there caused the longspur to be the most common bird in the field (50 per cent in abundance).
This longspur nest, among polygons of low hummocks, was bordered by mosses and grasses nine inches high.
Although the longspur on the Arctic Slope is the most common bird, it is absent from some areas there.
While the colors of adult males are very different in the Longspur family, the females have a decided resemblance.
- any of various Arctic and North American buntings of the genera Calcarius and Rhyncophanes, all of which have a long claw on the hind toe
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