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At a distance and in dull weather the adults appear to have black hoods but in reality they are chestnut and in good lighting they can appear bright red, especially on juveniles which start life with white throats and buffish breast and darker buffish backs.
Almost always in large flocks they feed on the ground but frequently fly up onto long grasses or low bushes to rest, or look out. You may only see 2-3 at a time until a close approach causes perhaps 20-30 to fly off a short distance and disappear again.