Dickcissel, or Blackthroated Bunting, a migratory bird found in the central United States, particularly in Illinois and Iowa. By eating crop-destroying insects during the nesting season, dickcissels save farmers millions of dollars. The male is 7 inches (18 cm) long, has an 11-inch (28-cm) wingspread, and has a yellow breast marked with a black bib. The female is smaller and has a white stripe over each eye. Twice a year the female lays three to five greenish-blue eggs.
The dickcissel is named for its call, dick-dick-dick-cissel.
The dickcissel is Spiza americana of the subfamily Cardinalinae, in the family Emberizidae.