Great Egg Harbor, New Jersey, USA.
In the past, subspecies recognized on basis of extent of breastband and breeding habitat, but subdivision rendered unsatisfactory owing to considerable individual and seasonal variation. Recent molecular study, however, revealed that inland-nesting circumcinctus differs genetically from coast-nesting melodus#R; although corroborating evidence needed, it seems likely that division into subspecies is appropriate. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.
Winters on Atlantic coast of S USA, Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas and rather locally in Greater Antilles; also W Mexico (Sonora).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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