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Western Meadowlark

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  • Tyrannus verticalis
  • Flycatchers & Friends

About the Western Meadowlark

Also known as: Arizona Meadowlark, Liliana's Meadowlark, Meadow Starling, Mexican Starling, Oldfield Lark, Rio Grande Meadowlark, Southern Meadowlark, Texas Meadowlark

Western Meadowlarks are medium-sized blackbirds found across much of the western two-thirds of North America. They live in open areas like prairies and grasslands.

Western Meadowlarks were once considered to be the same species as the Eastern Meadowlark. The close resemblance between the species sometimes means the best way to tell them apart is by song. The Western Meadowlark's song is flute-like, while the Eastern Meadowlark sounds more like a whistle.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 08 October 2012
Scientific Name Sturnella neglecta
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Sturnella
  • S. neglecta
Birdorable Family Icterids
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.3 to 10.2 inches
16.1 inches
3.1 to 4.1 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • pedro-celouro (Brazilian)
  • 东草地鹨 (Chinese)
  • vlhovec východní (Czech)
  • Østlig Englærke (Danish)
  • Witkaakweidespreeuw (Dutch)
  • preeriaturpiaali (Finnish)
  • Sturnelle des prés (French)
  • Lerchenstärling (German)
  • Sturnella allodola orientale (Italian)
  • ヒガシマキバドリ (higashimakibadori) (Japanese)
  • Englerketrupial (Norwegian)
  • wojak obrozny (Polish)
  • Восточный луговой трупиал (Russian)
  • Turpial Oriental (Spanish)
  • Östlig ängstrupial (Swedish)