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Eastern Meadowlark

The Eastern Meadowlark, Sturnella magna, is a medium-sized blackbird similar in appearance to the Western Meadowlark. Their breeding habitat is grasslands and prairie, also pastures and hay fields, across eastern
North America to South America. The ranges of the Eastern and Western
Meadowlarks overlap in central regions and are permanent residents. Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range in the colder months.

Adult Meadowlarks have yellow under parts with a black “V” on the breast and white flanks with black streaks. The upper parts are mainly brown with black streaks. They have a long pointed bill. The head is striped with light brown and black. The easiest distinguishable feature between the Eastern and Western Meadowlark is that the Eastern birds’ song is simpler and not warbled like that of the Western.

These birds forage on the ground or in low vegetation, sometimes probing with its bill. They mainly eat insects and berries. In the winter, they often feed in flocks.

Eastern Meadowlark


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