Lark Bunting Colorado state bird
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)
Description: The Lark Bunting is a medium-sized, ground foraging sparrow. While males normally appear grayish-brown with some white patches, similarly to females, during breeding season the plumage of male Lark Buntings changes to black.
Year Designated: 1931
|Life Span||8 to 10 Years|
|Conservation Status||Least Concern|
|Wing Span||28 cm|
Taxonomic Serial Number: 179312
Compared to the Average State Bird
How the Lark Bunting measures up:
- Wing span: 8 cm and 22% smaller than the average state bird’s wingspan (36 cm).
- Weight: 34 g and 40% lighter than the average state bird’s weight (85 g)
- Length: 9 cm and 33% shorter than the average state bird’s length (27 cm)
|Male Appearance||Grayish-brown with white patches (basic), Black with white patches (breeding season).|
|Female Appearance||Grayish-brown with white patches.|
|Diet||Insects, seeds, grain, and some fruit.|
|Communication Styles||Complex and repetitive whistles, with rattling crescendos.|
|Migratory Behavior||Seasonal Flock Migration|
Range of Habitation
Grassland, plains, prairies, meadows, and sagebrush.
hawks, owls, falcons, squirrels,
Mating and Breeding
|Breeding Behavior||Mostly monogamous, although extra-pair mating is common.|
|Nesting||A loose bowl of debris typically resting under a shrub.|
|Nesting and Incubation||The incubation period is performed by the female and typically lasts between 11-12 days.|
|Color||Unmarked and pale blue|
|Clutch Size||2 to 6 egg(s)|
Helpless with small amounts of gray down.
|Interesting Fact||A cat in Kansas once caught 17 Lark Buntings in one day.|
|Best Season to Observe||SpringSummer|
|Observation Tips||Lark Buntings are often found near natural and man-made pools of water.|
|Other Names||Bruant noir et blanc, Gorrión cañero|
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