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The female has upperparts that are similar to the male, and is slightly lighter on the underside than the upperside.
Judging from photos, the bill color is variable among subspecies.
Accidental vagrant to southern Florida.
This is a polytypic species: eight subspecies are recognized:
Black-faced Grassquit is found in areas with grass, and makes its nest in such an area. It will also live in gardens and forest edges, as long as seed-bearing grass is found nearby.
Both adults build a domed grass nest, lined with fine grasses, placed low in a bush or on a bank. The clutch consists of 2-3 whitish eggs blotched with reddish brown. The young are fed by both adults.
The diet consits mainly of grass and weed seeds.
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