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Lapland Longspur 
Traits: Small bird; breeding male has black crown, face, and breast and chestnut hind neck. Female is nondescript, like many sparrows.

Habitat: Alpine and dry lowland tundra; nests inside of tussocks, small clumps of sedge, or dry knolls

Foods: Seeds and buds of plants, crane flies, mosquitoes, spiders

Eaten by: Weasels, foxes, jaegers, gulls, short-eared owls, falcons, small hawks

Do You Know? Longspurs often line their nests with caribou hair or ptarmigan feathers.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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