- Sturnella neglecta
Fresh Autumn plumage
Photo by jmorlan
North Waverly Rd, Linden, California
, November 2017
Male 21 cm (8Â¼in); Female 19 cm (7Â½ in)
- Head striped with light brown and black
- Brown upper parts with black streaks
- Yellow underparts
- Black "V" on breast
- White flanks streaked with black
- Long pointed bill
In fresh plumage the black breast marking may be obscured by pale feather fringing
 Similar Species
Eastern Meadowlark: difficult to distinguish the two, except by song and call notes.. The Western has a brownish mottled cheek and yellow extending into the malar area.
Western and central North America to southern Mexico. Introduced on the island of Kaua'i, Hawaii.
This is a polytypic species consisting of two subspecies:
Often seen in cultivated fields, but are also to be found in grasslands, prairies, pastures, and abandoned fields.
Ground nesters; the nest has a roof woven from grass. There is often a second brood.
Their main diet consists of insects, such as weevils, grasshoppers and crickets. They also eat seeds and berries.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
- BF Member observations
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