This transition zone between the Great Plains and the
forests of the eastern United States is a complex mix of prairie, savanna,
cross timbers, and shrubland. Among the priority landbirds that use
this mix of woodland and open country are the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher,
Painted Bunting, and Mississippi Kite, with a small population of Black-capped
Vireos in areas of denser shrub. Agriculture and urbanization have made
tremendous impacts on this region, leaving very little natural habitat
available for healthy priority bird populations.