Description: Adult males have broad black mask bordered above by white and below by a bright yellow throat and breast; undertail coverts are yellow and underparts are dark olive. Female's crown, back, wings and face are olive colored with a whitish eye ring.
Habitat: Overgrown fields, fresh and salt water marshes.
Diet: Insects and seeds.
Displays: Male follows female while swooping from perch to perch, performing calls and a garbled song.
Nest: Made of loosely-woven weeds, grass, bark and ferns. Lined with finer materials.
Eggs: White to creamy, marked with brown and black.
Song and Call: A loud wichity wichity wich. Call is a raspy chuck sound.
Breeding bird atlas: To report bird breeding activity in your neighborhood, or to get information on the breeding bird atlas, call Sea and Sage Audubon Society members Sylvia Gallagher, (714) 962-8990, or Nancy Kenyon, (714) 786-3160.