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SHOWING RECORD: 9 of 17   Western Meadowlark
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Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta neglecta

Subspecies of Meadowlark



First Noted by Expedition
June 22, 1805, at Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana.
 

Description
Streaked brown above, bright yellow below, with a bold black
"V" on breast. Very similar to eastern meadowlark, but upperparts paler, and yellow of throat extends onto cheeks. Best identified by voice.
 

Voice
Rich flutelike jumble of gurgling notes, usually descending the scale; very different from eastern meadowlark's series of simple, plaintive whistles.
 

Habitat
Meadows, plains, and prairies.
 

Range
Breeds from British Columbia, Manitoba, northern Michigan, and northwestern Ohio south to Missouri, central Texas, and northern Mexico. Has spread eastward in recent years. Winters in much of breeding range north to southern British Columbia, Utah, and Arkansas.
 

Note
Its loud, cheerful song make the western meadowlark one of the best known of western birds.

Species information from enature.com
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