- Sturnella neglecta
Male 21 cm (8¼in); Female 19 cm (7½ 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
- S. n. confluenta:
- S. n. neglecta:
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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Western Meadowlark. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Western_Meadowlark