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Eastern Meadowlark

Sturnella magna

The Eastern and Western Meadowlarks look nearly identical to each other, but their songs are very different. Studies show that even where the ranges of these two species overlap, they battle for territorial rights and do not hybridize. Most of the population of Eastern Meadowlarks do not migrate and in the USA remain on territory from Texas to Florida and north to the Great Lakes and upper New England. Some of these birds will nest in summer as far north as south eastern Canada.

Seventeen subspecies of Eastern Meadowlarks have been described. One population, named the Lillian’s Meadowlark resides in west Texas, New Mexico, and eastern Arizona, and isolated from the rest of the population.

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