Common and familiar bird of southern South America, found in town parks, gardens, woodlands, forests, matorral, and other semiopen habitats, usually in areas with taller trees nearby. Feeds mainly on the ground, often on lawns, and also in fruiting bushes and trees. Fall and winter flocks can number the hundreds. Plumage is not very colorful, but bright yellow bill is often striking. Male has a blacker head and darker upperparts than the female. Juvenile has a duller bill with dark spotting on underparts.