Eastern Meadowlark

(Sturnella magna)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

9 to 9½ in length

14 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Grassy meadows and pastures, savannas

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Mid-March to late November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Icteridae (American blackbirds, orioles, New World blackbirds)  
 

Genus

Sturnella (eastern and western meadowlarks)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Cuban Meadowlark (Sturnella magna hippocrepis)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna alticola)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna auropectoralis)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna griscomi)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna inexspectata)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna magna)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna meridionalis)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna monticola)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna paralios)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna praticola)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna saundersi)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna subulata)

Lilian’s Meadowlark (Sturnella magna lilianae)

Mexican Meadowlark (Sturnella magna mexicana)

Rio Grande Meadowlark (Sturnella magna hoopesi)

Southern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna argutula)

 
       
 

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Other Videos
 
  Eastern Meadowlark, Chirlobirlo (Sturnella magna)
davidcaro79
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 5, 2009

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  Eastern Meadowlark Portait
The Music of Nature
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 10, 2010

Footage of a singing Eastern Meadowlark gathered at the Bradford Farm Experimental Station (University of Missouri) near Columbia, Missouri. I particularly like the second clip, which is a study in browns. The whistled song of the male has been likened to the phrase "Spring Of The Year".

© 2010 Lang Elliott
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  Eastern Meadowlark
Michael Pancier
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 12, 2010

Eastern Meadowlark Singing - Taken in Hendry County, Florida

Images © 2010 by Michael A. Pancier

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  Eastern Meadowlark Song
Trailerpark Chicks
 
   
 
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Published on May 17, 2012

http://talialongphotography.webs.com/

The song of this bird is of pure, melancholy whistles, and thus simpler than the jumbled and flutey song 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, though plumage differences do exist, like tail pattern and malar coloration.

   
       

 

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