Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Birds of Point Pelee National Park
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-Eremophila alpestris (Linnaeus)
Bill slender, pointed, shorter than head; hind toenail much elongated, nearly straight. The elongated hind toenail, large black patch on upper breast, and narrow black face patch curving from the bill backward under the eye are a combination that identifies Horned Larks. Tail mostly black except central feathers, which are brown like back, and outer web of outermost feathers, which is white. In addition, the male has a black band across the front of the crown, which extends backward narrowly to join a pair of slender black "horns" erectile feathers).
Juvenile plumage (worn only a short time) lacks these black areas and has white spots on the upper parts.