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Anthus spragueii (Audubon, 1844)
Sprague's Pipit
Family: Motacillidae
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© Greg Lavaty  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #9274)

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Other than a single confirmed breeding pair and several additional suspected nesting attempts in the Chilcotin region of central B.C., this prairie pipit has been recorded extremely rarely in B.C. Although records from the Becher’s Prairie area of the Chilcotin region have been made during only two years (1991-1992), the vast prairies and ranchlands of this region may harbour a regular small breeding population that has otherwise been overlooked.

1.(1) immature; August 25, 1979; Saskum Lake, east of Little Fort
2.(2) male and female + nest; May 17-July 21, 1991; Becher’s Prairie, 45 km southwest of Williams Lake
3.(2) male and female; May 12- June 26, 1992; Becher’s Prairie, 45 km southwest of Williams Lake
4.(1) adult male; June 30-July 8, 1992; Becher’s Prairie, 45 km southwest of Williams Lake
5.(1) adult male; June 26-July 1, 2001; Fort Nelson airport

Note Authors: Rick Toochin and Jamie Fenneman

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNAAccidentalT (Apr 2010)
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