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Passeriformes > Passerellidae

Lark Bunting

Calamospiza melanocorys

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Chunky, thick-billed sparrow that prefers shortgrass prairie. Breeding males are black with a bold white wing patch. Thick blue-gray bill. Nonbreeding males and females are overall streaky brown, but still show white wing patch. Found in open areas from grassland to desert to agricultural areas. Feeds on insects and seeds. Often gathers in huge flocks in winter. Usually seen on or near the ground.

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