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8Â·7â€“10Â·9 cm (3Â½-4Â¼ in)
Female and immature: brown upperparts, buff, dark streaked underparts.
Central and South America and the Caribbean:
There are 3 subspecies:
Open terrain, scrub, savannas, second growth, rice and corn fields, xerophytic areas; grasslands, agricultural lands, roadsides, parks and wooded lands.
When displaying, they jumps vertically from its perch about 1 foot in the air and utters a high pitched 'Pee-Zing' and then with a downward half-somersault lands on its perch again.
It builds a small cup-shaped nest. The clutch consists of 1-4 pale green eggs blotched with reddish brown. Both sexes incubate for 9â€“10 days and the young fledge about 9-10 days later.
The diet consists mainly of grass seeds, but other seeds are included. They will also eat some insects and berries.
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