Dickcissel

Spiza americana

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies (Cardinalidae)

Code 4

DICK

Code 6

SPIAME

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Dickcissel has a large range, estimated globally at 3,500,000 square kilometers. It is native to the nations of North, Central, and South America and prefers savanna and grassland ecosystems, though it has been known to reside in areas or arable or pasture land. The global population of this bird is 22,000,000 individuals and despite threats from crop dusters and agricultural chemicals, it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Dickcissel is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Dickcissel: Medium-sized, stocky, sparrow-like bird. The Male (shown in background) has a dark gray back and head, and black-streaked shoulders. Face is gray with yellow eyestripe and breast is yellow. V-shaped bib is black. Wings are brown with chestnut-brown patches. The female (shown in foreground) and winter adult have brown streaked upperparts and no black bib. The juvenile is brown and streaked.


Range and Habitat

Dickcissel: Breeds from eastern Montana and the Great Lakes region through the Mississippi River Valley and south to Texas and the Gulf coast, locally farther east. Spends winters mainly in the tropics from southern Mexico south. Preferred habitats include open country in grain or hay fields and in weed patches.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"dick-dick-dick-cissel"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Migratory flocks of Dickcissels assemble into larger and larger flocks gradually growing into thousands of birds. Winter roosts can number in the millions of birds.
  • The male does little other than feed himself and try to attract a mate. The female builds the nest, incubates and feeds the young.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Dickcissel

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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