Western Meadowlark

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Songbirds of North of north America Group 1 Feb 2011

Location: Taken at FortWhyte Alive, our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 75-300mm Zoom Lens, Aperture exp 5.6, Shutter speed 1/1000, ISO 200
Focal Length 250mm

To hear their MELODIOUS SONG click HERE

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella Neglecta)

Although it is superficially resembles the true larks, a chiefly Old World group, this bird is not a lark at all, but a member of the blackbird family. The western meadowlark is an enthusiastic vocalist, delivering its cheery song from a prominent perch. These birds are most often seen in open, grassy areas and in farm country. When alarmed they flash their tails, revealing conspicious white outer feathers. Western Meadowlarks will interbreed with Eastern Meadowlarks where their ranges overlap; however, resulting young appear to have low fertility8

Identication: 81/2-11inches. Robin size; Stocky; Molted brown above, bright yellow below, with v-shaped black bib; top of head has black and white stripes. Bill straight and pointed.

Voice; This popular bird has a large repertoire of songs very different from the Eastern Meadowlark. It may utter its loud, medious flute-like phrases one at a time or repeatly.

Habitant; Grasslands, farmlands, and meadows; also seen along country roads.

Range; Grassland areas of the western Canadian Provinces south through the prairies of all western states and into Mexico; spreading eastward into the Midwest. Winters in all but its nothernmost part of its breeding grounds.

Its bright colors, fearless behavior, abundance, and above all its loud cheerful song makes this bird perhaps the most poplar of all songbirds.

Info gleaned from The Audubon Society Field Guide.

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