January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Dickcissel, or Blackthroated Bunting, a migratory bird found in the central United States, particularly in Illinois and Iowa. By eating crop-destroying insects during the nesting season, dickcissels save farmers millions of dollars. The male is 7 inches (18 cm) long, has an 11-inch (28-cm) wingspread, and has a yellow breast marked with a black bib. The female is smaller and has a white stripe over each eye. Twice a year the female lays three to five greenish-blue eggs.


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