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L. 6-7 1/2" (15-19 cm). Bill is very large and strong
 Breeding Male
 Female, Immature, and Non-breeding Male
In first few month of life more buffish overall with scaled appearance due to whitish fringes on upperside.
Grassland in the great plains of Canada and central United States, in parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Dry plains and prairies.
4 or 5 light blue eggs are laid in a loose grass nest placed in a scrape with rim flush with the ground; often protected by weedy patch.
Seeds and insects
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