Arader Galleries

McCown's Bunting

$ 480.00
John Cassin (1813-1869)
Plate 39, McCown's Bunting
From: Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856
Paper dimensions: 10 ¼” x 7”
Framed dimensions: 16 ½” x 17 ½”
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McCown's Bunting is a small ground-feeding bird from the family Calcariidae, which also contains the longspurs and snow bunting. These birds have a large cone-shaped bill, a streaked back, a rust-coloured shoulder and a white tail with a dark tip. In breeding plumage, the male has a white throat and underparts, a grey face and nape and a black crown. Other birds have pale underparts, a dark crown and may have some black on the breast. The male's song is a clear warble. The call is a dry rattle. In winter, they migrate in flocks to prairies and open fields in the southern United States and northern Mexico. They prefer areas with sparser vegetation than those chosen by the chestnut-collared longspur. These birds forage on the ground, gathering in flocks outside of the nesting season.