Western Meadowlark

General description.

The Western Meadowlark, a beautiful bird, is very hard to distinguish from the Eastern Meadowlark. In fact, sometimes the only way to tell is from their calls. Where the ranges of these two birds overlap, the two species often interbreed. The Western Meadowlark is often found foraging on the ground for the insects that it eats. This bird nests on the ground in sphere shaped nests. This bird is common, but its nest is sometimes prey to parasitism by the Cowbird and the nest and young are occasionally destroyed by lawnmowers.

Juvenile appearance.

Similar to adults, but lacking the black V on chest, instead having streaks.

Flight pattern.

Direct. Flies low.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

shee-oo-e-lee shee-ee le-ee and chew and whew

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Western Meadowlark nests on the ground and lays 3-7 white eggs.

Similar birds:

Eastern Meadowlark Photo Eastern Meadowlark
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