Living Bird Magazine
Lark BuntingCalamospiza melanocorys
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Passerellidae
A common sparrow of the Great Plains, the male Lark Bunting is distinctive with its black body and white wings. It is the only sparrow that changes completely out of a bright breeding plumage into a drab winter one.More ID Info
- Gorrión Alas Blancas (Spanish)
- Bruant noir et blanc (French)
- Cool Facts
- Immature Lark Buntings flock together and stay on the breeding grounds longer than do adults.
- The Lark Bunting often comes to drink out of water tanks provided for livestock. While the water may be helpful, the tank can be a dangerous place. Large numbers of buntings often drown in the tanks, especially in those containing mats of algae. Domestic cats also hunt there; one cat in Kansas caught 17 Lark Buntings in one day.
- The oldest recorded Lark Bunting was a male, and was at least 4 years, 10 months old when he was found in Arizona, the same state where he had been banded.