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Dickcissel

Spiza americana
dickcissel - profile

The dickcissel is a small songbird with a stout, pointed beak. It is identified by a yellowish chest, with males developing a large black "V" on their chest during the breeding season.

These birds are associated with tall grasslands, including prairie, hayfields, lightly grazed pastures, and roadsides. At Tallahatchie NWR, they can be seen in the old fields where they feed on seeds and insects. These birds are solitary during the summer months, but will form large flocks as they migrate to Central and South America for the winter.

Facts About Dickcissel

Diet
Herbivore (mostly seeds)
Maximum Lifespan
4-5 years
Size
5.5-6.3" in length,
9.8" in wingspan
Weight
23-29 g
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2014
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