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    Western Meadowlark Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Western Meadowlark is the size of a robin but chunkier and shorter-tailed, with a flat head, long, slender bill, and a round-shouldered posture that nearly conceals its neck. The wings are rounded and short for the bird’s size and the tail is short, stiff, and spiky.

      Relative Size

      About the size of an American Robin, but with a shorter tail.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 6.3-10.2 in (16-26 cm)
        • Weight: 3.1-4.1 oz (89-115 g)
        • Wingspan: 16.1 in (41 cm)