from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spurbunting or spur-heeled bunting; a bird of the genus Centrophanes: as, the Lapland lark-bunting, C. lapponica: so called from the long straightened hind claw like a lark's. Also called longspur. See cut under Centrophanes.
- n. The common corn-bunting. Emberiza miliaria.
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The white-shouldered lark-bunting, in its livery of black, has rich, full notes, and as it sings on the wing it reminds one of the bobolink; and the sweet-voiced lark-finch also utters its song in the air.
I lifted one of them from the nest, and held it in my hand for a minute or two, and even touched it with my lips, my first view of lark-bunting babies being something of an event -- I had almost said an epoch -- in my experience.