Once upon a time these birds followed the bison herds of the Great Plains like groupies after a rock band. It worked out great for them, as they ate the same grass seeds and grains that the buffalo did, and helped keep the pesky insects off of their hides.
Now they are modern couch-surfers; known for laying their eggs (as many as forty per season) in the nests of other birds. They can be found in any area with shrubs and trees, and are happy to come to backyard feeders where a variety of seeds are offered.
Suggested Feeder Types: Ground, Platform, Hopper ,
- Black-oil Sunflower
- White Proso Millet
- Sunflower Hearts
- Wild Rice