Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) - HBW 16, p. 539

French: Bruant noir et blanc German: Prärieammer Spanish: Chingolo Albinegro

Taxonomy: Calamospiza melanocorys Stejneger, 1885, plains of Platte River = Nebraska, USA.
Genus perhaps close to Chondestes, and in a clade that includes also Amphispiza and Spizella. Plumage dichromatism and elaborate aerial displays reminiscent of Calcarius ornatus and Rhynchophanes, but apparently not closely related. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds S Canada (S Alberta E to SW Manitoba) and S in Great Plains of USA (E to W Minnesota) to SE New Mexico, N Texas, W Oklahoma and C Kansas; has bred in wet years in E California. Non-breeding from SE Utah and S Arizona E to SW Kansas, W Oklahoma and C & W Texas, S in Mexico to S Baja California, N Sinaloa, Coahuila (uncommon), NE Jalisco and C Tamaulipas.