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Chihuahuan Meadowlark Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Chihuahuan Meadowlarks are stocky, medium-sized songbirds. They have a barrel-shaped body, short tail, long legs, and a long, pointed bill that contributes to a flat-headed look.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Red-winged Blackbird, smaller than a Great-tailed Grackle.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Weight: 3.5-4.6 oz (98-131 g)

Regional Differences

A separate subspecies (S. l. auropectalis) occurs in central Mexico, ranging from the Pacific lowlands of Jalisco north to Durango and east to Mexico City. It has a more orange-yellow breast than the nominate, northern subspecies (S. l. lilianae) and it occurs in irrigated farmland rather than desert grasslands.