female; brown- streaked; quite sparrow-like (Georgia, USA; 2009-05-15)

Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Native Range: North America

Notes: a distinctive species with strong sexual dimorphism; the breeding male is one of the few birds with a countershaded body, which means it is black underneath and mostly lighter white on the upperparts; female, by contrast, is drab brown and sparrow-like; this bird of meadows and grasslands forms huge flocks when not breeding.

female; bold black stripes on back; conical bill (Georgia, USA; 2009-05-15)