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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

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Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Genus: Sturnella
Species: neglecta

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Regional...

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Montpelier, Idaho
Yale, Iowa
Cut Bank, Montana
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Gold Hill, Oregon
Cleburne, Texas

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral JoanMN On Jul 29, 2009, JoanMN from Pine City, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

We saw them in Custer State Park, Custer, SD and Badlands National Park, near Wall Drug, SD.

Positive Chillybean On Aug 22, 2014, Chillybean from Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a) wrote:

This is the first year we can say this bird nested on our property. They brought their young to our yard after they were able to leave the nest. The young Western Meadowlarks look much like the adults, but are much paler.

There are minor field mark differences between the Western and Eastern Meadowlarks, but the song of the Western is definitely more melodic than the Eastern.

I often give a positive rating for most of North America's native birds, just because. In this case, these birds do provide a great service for us. They eat grubs and even though we've never used a chemical pesticide here, we never had signs of any lawn damage from the grubs.

If you live in the right habitat and the weather conditions are just so, they are willing to come into feeding areas during the winter. They will eat whatever seed is thrown on the ground. We saw them eat peanuts and dried mealworms, too.


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