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Eastern Meadowlark

Sturnelle des prés

Sturnella magna

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Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)

There are a variety of sub-species of the Eastern Meadowlark seen in North America, Central America and on the Caribbean Islands. Only the Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) migrates to a warmer climate during the winter months. Some will even last out the winter in the grassy fields surrounding the Great Lakes where the temperatures are more moderate. The Eastern Meadowlark (Lilian's) and the Eastern Meadowlark (Cuban) are more likely to habitat the same regions 12 months of the year.

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
Eastern Meadowlark Range Map

Meadowlarks are members of the Icteridae family, belonging to the same group of birds as the blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles and orioles. They are found on hay fields and pastures, recognized by their bright yellow breast, black "V" type collar reaching down into their yellow breast, their welcoming songs and rapids wing beats.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds