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lark bunting

a finch, Calamospiza melanocorys, of the western U.S., the male of which is black with a large, white patch on each wing.
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An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lark bunting is an uncommon winter visitant in Coahuila.

  • Here we first saw and heard that captivating bird, the lark bunting, as will be fully set forth in the closing chapter.

    Birds of the Rockies

    Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • The bird to which I refer is called the lark bunting in plain English, or, in scientific terms, Calamospiza melanocorys.

    Birds of the Rockies

    Leander Sylvester Keyser

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