November 14, 2015 – Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Requested by: @the-lamb-with-golden-horns

Spending their summers in the prairie grasslands of the central United States, these sparrow-like birds winter in parts of Central America and northern South America. They forage for seeds and insects on the ground and sometimes perch on plant stalks to pick seeds from them. During the fall they begin to form large flocks, eventually joining winter roosts that can include millions of birds. Females build nests near the ground from grasses and weeds, using fine grasses, hair, and rootlets to line them. Dickcissels are named for their song, which is often described as “dick-dick-cissel.”