French: Carouge à tête jaune German: Brillenstärling Spanish: Tordo cabeciamarillo
SC Canada (from interior British Columbia E to N Saskatchewan, SC Manitoba and SW & SE Ontario) S in W & C USA to California, C New Mexico, W & C Kansas, N Illinois, Michigan and NW extreme NW Mexico (NE Baja California); migrates to S USA and Mexico (S to N Oaxaca and Veracruz).
Male average 26·5 cm, 97 g; female average 21·5 cm, 59·3 g. Male has lores and narrow area around eye black, rest of head, throat and breast bright... read more
Male has two song types: “accenting song” is more musical, lasts for c. 1·5... read more
Wetlands in prairies, also wetlands associated with quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides),... read more
Food and feeding
Contents of 138 adult stomachs were 66% plant food and 34% animal food. Vegetal items predominantly weed seeds and cultivated seeds, the... read more
Season May–Jun; single-brooded. Polygynous; in Washington (USA) mean number of females per male territory or harem varied from 1... read more
Medium-distance and long-distance migrant. Winters in S USA (mainly C California E to New Mexico)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon, and locally numerous; generally uncommon in S of range. In Mexico, very local and uncommon breeder, and more widespread... read more
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