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The eastern meadowlark (sturnella magna) prefers the grasslands, prairies, pastures and fields of eastern North America and northern South America. It is differentiated from the western meadowlark of the western prairies of the North American continent mainly by its song and some minor coloration differences.
The eastern meadowlark measures from 7.5" to 11" in length with a wingspan between 14" and 16." Adults have a yellow chest and belly with a black "V" on their breast. Their sides are white with black streaks and their wings and back are mainly brown with black streaks The head is striped with light brown and black and they have a long pointed bill. The wings are rounded and they have a short tail.
Title: Singing Meadowlark
Title: Eastern Meadowlark In Pasture
Title: Eastern Meadowlark
Title: Meadowlark In Flight
The eastern meadowlark feeds mainly on the insects that it finds in the grasslands that it prefers but does eat some seeds and berries in the winter. The typicallhy forage on the ground.
The easist way to find the meadowlark is to listen for their song and you will usually find them nearby perched on fence post or other exposed perch.
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