Western Meadowlarks are grassland songbirds that often inhabit agricultural fields. They are known for their melodic songs, somewhat of a mixture between a thrush and a red-winged blackbird (to whom they are related).
Often found in large flocks in the winter, Western Meadowlarks can be identified by a striking black “V” on their necks over a bright yellow throat. They flare out their outer white tail feathers as they fly away or land, an act which can be rather eye-catching in an open field. Grasslands provide suitable habitat for breeding and foraging.
Photo by Kevin Cole
Western Meadowlarks will construct nests on the ground that are woven into surrounding vegetation and are often camouflaged with a grassy layer on top. They tend to feed mostly on insects, seeds, and grains.