Thursday, May 23, 2013

Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark - Sturnella neglecta

Lewis and Clark overlooked the Western Meadowlark. They considered the species the same as the Eastern Meadowlark. The species name reflects this oversight. 
The beak muscles are strong enough to pry apart holes in the soil, vegetation, mud, or bark. The eyes are positioned so the bird can see through the gape of the open beak, which helps with foraging for food. This feeding technique is called "gaping." 
The Western Meadowlark is double brooded. 


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