Found in North America
Hear Their Calls
These past couple of weeks may have been a snowy winter wonderland for some of you, which is actually the perfect time to spot the Snow Bunting. This is the season these small black and white birds gather in the hundreds on snowy fields and near bodies of water throughout Canada and the northern United States.
They forage along the ground looking for seeds and insects and nest in pairs in protected (and chilly) spots, such as holes in the ground or cracks in rocks. Males arrive to the breeding grounds early, sometimes in subzero temperatures, to stake out the best spots.
Fun fact: Snow Buntings’ coloring changes depending on whether or not it’s breeding season. In summer, they return to barren tundras to nest, and they have mostly brown backs with white heads. But in winter, their back feathers turn black, and they have a distinctive look as they flit through the snow.