Perching

Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta
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Length: 10 in. (24 cm )
This meadowlark occurs in dry fields, upland pastures and grasslands with few or no trees. It delivers its beautiful song from a fence post or high point in its territory during the summer. At this time it eats mostly insects and spiders. The cup-like nest is on the ground and covered with a roughly woven dome of long grasses. It is regularly parasitized by Brown-headed Cowbird eggs. During the winter, the Western Meadowlark feeds on seeds, forms small flocks and roosts at night on the ground.

The four-digit banding code is WEME.


Agricultural

Grasslands

Savanna
Bird Sound Type: Twittering
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Western Meadowlark
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 19, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-meadowlark

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Western Meadowlark. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 19, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-meadowlark

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Western Meadowlark". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-meadowlark

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Dr. Biology. "Western Meadowlark". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 19 Sep 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/western-meadowlark

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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