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All Horned Larks share a rather bland back color but vary broadly in specific facial characteristics according to geographical region. Its black "horns," though, are evident in all populations. This one was photographed outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Keith Corliss

Flight Lines: The most common bird no one knows

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That there exists a widespread and common bird under the collective noses of North Dakotans yet few have ever heard of it is not entirely surprising. After all, I could probably create a respectable list of such species. That few residents have ever noticed what I consider to be the most numerous bird during the North Dakota summers, however, does raise some eyebrows.


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