Bunting, Lark bird picturesLARK BUNTING
605. Calamospiza melanocorys. 7 inches
Male, black and white; female, brown and gray.
This species is often known as the White-winged Blackbird, not because it bears any resemblance to any of the Blackbirds, nor because any of the habits are the same, but simply because of its plumage.
They are very gregarious and usually fly in flocks even in nesting time.
They seem to be very methodical and well trained; if one of a flock takes wing, the entire flock rises simultaneously and in a very compact body they fly until some leader chooses the nest stopping place, when they as suddenly alight.
They have the habit of Skylarks in mounting into the air while singing and then descending on set wings.
Song. - A very lively, sweetly modulated warble.
Nest. - On the ground, usually under a tuft of grass or small bush; four or five eggs of a bluish color (.85 x .65), brighter than those of the Dickcissel.
Range. - Western U.S., most abundant from Kansas to Colorado and north to Assiniboia.