Eastern Meadowlark Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Eastern Meadowlarks are chunky, medium-sized songbirds with short tails and long, spear-shaped bills. In flight, their rounded wings, short tails, and long bills help set them apart from other grassland songbirds.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger but more compact than an American Robin; smaller than a Blue Jay.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.5-10.2 in (19-26 cm)
      • Weight: 3.2-5.3 oz (90-150 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.8-15.8 in (35-40 cm)

Regional Differences

“Lillian’s” Eastern Meadowlark occurs in Arizona grasslands. This subspecies has more white in the tail, grayer upperparts, and more contrastingly white cheeks than other Eastern Meadowlarks.

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