Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Western Meadowlarks live in open areas such as meadows, grasslands, prairies, and agricultural fields. They eat insects, arachnids, and seeds. Their wingspan is about 16 in. and they weigh 3.1-4.1 oz. Western Meadowlarks look practically identical to Eastern Meadowlarks, but can be differentiated most easily by their call. Their call is a series of descending gurgles, whereas the Eastern Meadowlark most commonly whistle. They are protected on the US Migratory Bird list.

Frequency: Rare