Lark Bunting

General description.

Flying in by the hundreds, the "Lark Buntings" come to the Great Plains in spring, rolling over the land like a marvelous living wheel.

Female appearance.

The female "Lark Bunting" is streaked sandy buff above, white below with a white eye line and faint "mustache" stripe. Her white wing patch is rarely visible.

Juvenile appearance.

Similar to the female.

Breeding habits.

In their breeding grounds, from Alberta and Manitoba south to Montana and east of the Rockies as far as Texas, the "Lark Bunting" are very gregarious. Several pairs crowd into a few acres. Because there are few perching sites in the grasslands, rocketing upward like a lark, the males advertise their presence with musical histrionics while in flight.

Calls or song.

Their canary like song consists of loud bubbling sequences and trills. The call is a two-note whistle.

Population and distribution.

These birds winter from southern California to southern Louisiana, and south to central Mexico.

Nesting habits.

The female "Lark Bunting" lays four or five pale blue eggs cradled in a loose grass cup. This is set in a hollow protected by a weedy patch.

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