The Dickcissel | BirdNote



The Dickcissel

Written by Conor Gearin
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Alongside a rustic highway in Kansas on a summer time morning, there are birds on the fence line singing an odd track.

            [Dickcissel song, ML 50228, 0:16-0:17]

Half insect, half sci-fi blaster, this track belongs to a fowl known as the Dickcissel, whose title spells out the syllables of its quirky track.

            [Dickcissel song, ML 50228, 0:24-0:25]

Like different birds within the cardinal household, Dickcissels have giant, triangular beaks. However in any other case, they’ve a singular look, with yellow breasts, brown wings, and males sporting a black patch on their throats.

Dickcissels are approachable birds, typically chirping away whereas an individual walks close by. However they’re additionally masters of concealment.

            [rustling grass]

Dickcissels normally make their nests close to the bottom. They use leafy wildflowers and grass tufts to cover their eggs from the various creatures looking for them — snakes, floor squirrels and raccoons, to call just a few.

            [Dickcissel calls, ML 94392, 0:22-0:23]

Dickcissel populations have fallen by 30 % for the reason that Sixties. They’ve misplaced a lot of their breeding habitats and are handled as agricultural pests on their wintering grounds in Venezuela. But the birds persist in looking for locations to breed — nesting alongside roadsides, in pastures, and even in alfalfa fields.

When you’re within the central U.S. this summer time, look and pay attention for this emblem of grassland habitats.

            [Dickcissel song, ML 76767, 0:26-0:27]

For BirdNote, I’m Ariana Remmel.


Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Dickcissel ML 50228 recorded by G. Keller, Dickcissel ML94392 recorded by H. Hershberger, and Dickcissel ML 76767 recorded by C. Marantz.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote      June 2022    Narrator: Ariana Remmel

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