They breed in southern Canada throughout the U.S. to Central America and the Caribbean. In the winter they stay in all their breeding ranges except the furthest north and the open plains.
They are found in open places, like farms, fields, deserts, open woodlands, cities and suburbs.
They are grayish-tan with black spots on their wings. They have a long pointed tail with white outer edges. They can reach 13 inches long and have a small head with a comma-shaped spot below each eye.
They are active at dusk. They have a courtship display or spirals in the air with big dives and calls.
They eat mostly worms and some seeds.
They build a loose nest of twigs, pine needles, and grass in a tree or shrub. The female lays 2 white eggs.
Species: Z. macroura
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