The Sprague's Pipit extends from southern Alberta through the
Parkland Natural Region to Athabasca and the Peace district, and west to the
Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The
species was not reported from the Peace parkland during the Alberta Bird Atlas project, suggesting a
withdrawal from this area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The species was relatively uncommon in the aspen parkland during the Atlas project, with records being obtained from approximately 11% of surveyed squares. The sparse distribution within this
natural region appears similar to that described 60 years ago, when it was observed to be an "uncommon and locally distributed summer resident" in the central aspen parkland. Sprague's Pipits are broadly distributed across the prairie region, with breeding evidence from approximately 21% of surveyed Atlas squares.
Reprinted from Alberta Wildlife Status Report No. 10
with permission from Alberta
Sustainable Resource Development.