A Field Guide to the Prairie

Western Meadowlark Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta
Size: 21-28 cm (8.5 11 in.) (size of a robin)
Habitat/Range: Western provinces of Canada south through Texas, northern Mexico. Range has spread eastward where it occasionally breeds with the eastern meadowlark. Spends winters in Nebraska and Utah.
Eating Habits: Insects, seeds

This yellow-bellied bird has a black V on its chest and streaked, brown feathers above. Its yellow underparts are paler than on the eastern meadowlark.

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