The Eastern Meadowlark, Sturnella magna, is a medium-sized icterid bird, very similar in appearance to the Western Meadowlark. It occurs from eastern North America to South America, where it is also most widespread in the east. Adults have yellow underparts with a black “V” on the breast and white flanks with black streaks. The upperparts are mainly brown with black streaks. They have a long pointed bill; the head is striped with light brown and black. The song of this bird is simpler and not warbled like that of the Western Meadowlark; their ranges overlap across central North America. In the field, the song is often the easiest way to tell the two species apart.
Keywordssong bird, Eastern Meadowlark, Sturnella magna, icterid bird
The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)
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