Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii) is a threatened grassland songbird that has been described as one of the least known species in North America. We attached radio transmitters to 19 Sprague's Pipit nestlings in south-central Saskatchewan in 2004 and 2005 as part of a study to quantify post-fledging movements. Eleven juveniles died before leaving the nest (58%) and five survived for at least 9 days. Predation was the most common cause of mortality of young pipits both before and after fledging. Distances moved between days steadily increased but fledglings typically remained within 100 m of their nest during the first week post-fledging. Movement by fledglings after the first week were typically >100 m.
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