Dickcissel

About the Dickcissel

Also known as: Black-throated Bunting, Dickzissel

The Dickcissel is a prairie bird that breeds across parts of central North America. These little sparrow-like birds migrate south to parts of Central and South America during the winter months.

Breeding male Dickcissels are colorful with yellow, rust, black and white all featuring in their plumage. In their color pattern they somewhat resemble another grassland bird, the Eastern Meadowlark.

Dickcissels feed primarly on insects and seeds. They are named for their unique song, which sounds like it is saying "dick! dick! ciss ciss ciss."

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 30 November 2011
Scientific Name
Spiza americana
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Spiza
  • S. americana
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 15 November 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.25 inches
9.75 inches
.95 ounces

Range

International Names

Brazilian Papa-capim-americano
Czech papežík americký
Danish Dicksissel
Dutch Dickcissel
Finnish preeriakardinaali
French Dickcissel d'Amérique
German Dickcissel
Italian Spiza americana
Japanese ムナグロノジコ (munaguronojiko)
Norwegian Sisselspurv
Polish luszczynek czarnogardly
Russian Американская овсянка
Spanish Arrocero Americano
Swedish Dicksissel
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