|Description: About 9 inches long, they
are brown above with an intricate pattern of streaks and spots, a birght
yellow thraot and breastwith a "V" necklace. The female lays 3 - 7 white
eggs with dark marks. The eggs hatch in 13 - 15 days, and the young leave
the nest in 11 - 12 days.
Habitat: Meadowlarks are found in meadows and grasslands. Their nests are a shallow depression on the ground with a dome of grass and weeds.
Foods: They eat insects, spicers, grains, and seeds from weeds.
Facts: This bird prefers pastures, meadows, and grain feilds. They very similair western meadowlark (8 1/2) is slightly paler on the back, and the yellow of the thraot goes higher on the cheek. The only other songbird s with white outer tail feathers are the mockingbird and the shrikes. Note the black "V" on the yellow breast of the meadowlarks. Young of both species are like the adults. The Western Meadowlark's song is louder and more flutelike than the simple whistle of the Eastern bird.
Did you know?: The eastern meadowlark
has a clear high, lonely, wistful song and the western meadowlark sings in
a rich, rolling tone. Otherwise, it is difficult to tell them apart.
All material copyright ©1996-2018
Ladywildlife©..& mcmxci imp b/imp
inc. wildlife fact files tm