French: Goglu des prés German: Reisstärling Spanish: Tordo charlatán
South Carolina, USA
S Canada (interior SE British Columbia E to S Ontario, S Quebec and Nova Scotia, to E Newfoundland) S in USA to Oregon, N Colorado, Nebraska, C Illinois and Virginia; isolated populations in C Washington, NE Nevada, N Utah, Kansas, NC Kentucky and E Arizona; migrates to non-breeding grounds mostly in E Bolivia (Beni and Santa Cruz), SC Brazil (Pantanal of Mato Grosso), Paraguay, and N Argentina (R Paraná Basin S to N Buenos Aires).
16–18 cm; male average 47 g, female average 37·1 g. Emberizid-like icterid with long, pointed wings and sharply pointed tail feathers. Male breeding has large,... read more
Song, by male only, in flight or from perch, a pleasant, fast series of warbles, gurgles and some... read more
In breeding season mostly wet meadows; commonly also hay fields, pastures of alfalfa (Medicago... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and insects. On breeding grounds stomach contents indicate 57% arthropods, including beetles (Coleoptera), Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera... read more
Season May–Jul; usually single-brooded. Monogamous to polygynous. Male defends territory of 0·5–2 ha, containing 1... read more
Long-distance migrant. Entire population migrates to C South America, making round trip of c. 20,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant; less numerous at periphery of breeding range. Declining in numbers; continues to suffer loss of breeding habitat (... read more
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