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Colorado State Bird:

Mature lark bunting - click to see all state birds
Mature lark bunting in Pawnee National Grasslands, Colorado - photo © Henry
Detwiler: Southwest Birders (used by permission). All state birds - National Bird

Lark Bunting

See Lark Bunting video below

The migratory lark bunting (Calamospiza melancorys Stejneger) was designated the state bird of Colorado in 1931. The male lark bunting performs a spectacular courtship flight while warbling and trilling a distinctive mating song. A breeding male is jet black with white wings but in winter changes to a gray brown color more like the smaller female bird (the lark bunting is the only sparrow that changes in winter to a drab plumage).

Though the lark bunting is still a common sparrow of the Great Plains, grassland bird species in North America have experienced large population declines in the past forty years. Lark buntings declined by 2.5% per year in Colorado between 1966 and 2003.

Source:
State Bird: Colorado State Archives Symbols and Emblems
All About Birds - Lark Bunting: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Population Demography of Lark Buntings: CO State U
Links:
All state birds - National Bird

    

 

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