photo by Phil Swanson
L 7″ (18 cm).
Song or calls:
Soft “hoo-ee.” Song is series of loud bubbling phrases and trills, mixed with harsher notes.
Description: Breeding male is black overall with white patch on wings and under tip of tail. Winter male is streaked grayish-brown above; white below with brown streaking and buffy sides; white eye line and faint mustache stripe; black on chin. Female is similar to winter male but lacks black on chin. Both sexes have short tail and heavy bluish-gray bill.
Habitat: Mixed short-grass prairie, sage-dominated areas, taller grasses with scattered shrubs, along weedy roadsides, retired croplands, and in alfalfa and clover fields.
Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant and summer resident in western and central Nebraska. Rare breeder further east.
- Lark Buntings like to drink from water sources often provided as wells for livestock in farmland.
- Highly gregarious outside the breeding season, and also colonial even during nesting period.