Western Meadowlark

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 08 October 2012
Scientific Name
Sturnella neglecta
  • Passeriformes
  • Icteridae
  • Sturnella
  • S. neglecta
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.3 to 10.2 inches
16.1 inches
3.1 to 4.1 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) pedro-celouro
Chinese (汉语) 东草地鹨
Czech (Cesky) vlhovec východní
Danish (Dansk) Østlig Englærke
Dutch (Nederlands) Witkaakweidespreeuw
Finnish (Suomi) preeriaturpiaali
French (Français) Sturnelle des prés
German (Deutsch) Lerchenstärling
Italian (Italiano) Sturnella allodola orientale
Japanese (日本語) ヒガシマキバドリ (higashimakibadori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Englerketrupial
Polish (Polski) wojak obrozny
Russian (русский язык) Восточный луговой трупиал
Spanish (Español) Turpial Oriental
Swedish (Svenska) Östlig ängstrupial
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