eastern meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8.5 inches
Buff and black head stripes
Yellow underparts with black "v" on breast
White flanks with black streaks
Brown upperparts with black streaks
Brown tail with white outer tail feathers
Juvenile and winter plumages somewhat duller
Frequents open habitats
The eastern meadowlark is very similar to the western meadowlark.
Where their ranges overlap, they are best separated by voice. Western
meadowlark has yellow throat extending slightly farther into face than
eastern. Male dickcissel is much smaller with a conical bill and lacks
white in the tail.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Grassland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 13-15 days
Days to Fledge: 11-12
Number of Broods: 2
Diet: Primarily insects; lesser quantities of seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Crooked Run Valley