Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Photo Credits: Becky Matsubara

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

STATUS: Native, Migratory, Least Concern

DESCRIPTION: 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.

HABITAT: Western Meadowlarks live in open areas such as meadows, grasslands, prairies, and agricultural fields.

DIET:They eat insects, arachnids, and seeds.

NOTES: Their call is a series of descending gurgles, whereas the Eastern Meadowlark most commonly whistle. They are protected on the US Migratory Bird list.