Guest Author - Lisa Shea
The Eastern meadowlark Sturnella neglecta and Western meadowlark Sturnella magna are pratcitcally the same bird, located in the eastern and western half of the US. Both birds have brown-and-white patterned backs, a yellow breast with a black collar, and a white streak on the head.
These birds enjoy open grassland, and hang out in small flocks, often perching up on a bush or fence to get a better view of the landscape. Their song is a warble / whistle combination.
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The western meadowlark is the state bird of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming. It's quite the popular bird!
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