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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Breeding plumage on Joshua Tree

General Description: Western Meadowlarks (Sturnella neglecta) are chunky birds of fields and prairies with yellow front and belly, black bib on the yellow front, a mottled back, and a long pointed bill. They also have dark and light head stripes, and a bit of yellow in front of the eye, and white outer tail feathers.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Icteridae.

Favored Habitat: Open flat areas such a grassy prairies. In winter, open deserts.

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Winter plumage on a golf course

Where to Find: Western Meadowlarks aren't easy to find around Las Vegas. Keep an eye out during winter while traveling in the lower deserts. Occasionally found along the edges of golf courses and similar areas.

Comments: Meadowlarks are somewhat gregarious, so if you see one, look for others.

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) If you were a tasty bug or a little seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
During winter; notice the mottled back and three head stripes
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
This bird looks like it is about to do a back flop off the wire
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Western Meadowlark on a prairie-dog grazed prairie (West Texas)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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