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meadowlark,

common North American meadow bird of the family Icteridae, also called meadow starling. Unlike other members of the family, which comprises blackbirds, gracklesgrackle,
common name applied to some members of the New World family Icteridae, which also includes blackbirds, orioles, meadowlarks, cowbirds, and others. The plumage of the purple, or common, grackle of the Atlantic coastal region is black with metallic hues, iridescent in the
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, orioles, and others, the meadowlark does not travel in large flocks, and it eats harmful insects rather than grain. The eastern meadowlark, Sturnella magna, known for its clear, whistling song, is about 10 in. (25 cm) long. In color, it is brown streaked with black above and yellow below with a broad black crescent across the chest. The Western species, Sturnella neglecta, is slightly smaller, and its call is lower. Recent experiments have shown that the two species do not interbreed in the wild, although they are nearly indistinguishable. Meadowlarks are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Icteridae.
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With the exception of Xanthocephalus, analysis of these data with respect to Sturnella and Dolichonyx places all presumed close relatives within the genus Agelaius.
Monophyly of other genera [Quiscalus; Icterus, Sturnella, and Psarocolius (this study but not illustrated)] was strongly supported by these data.
Otras especies son especialistas con respecto al tipo de habitat aunque su area de distribucion pueda ser amplia, por ejemplo Sturnella bellicosa y Zonotrichia capensis pueden ser observados solamente en las chacras o cerca de ellas, Charadrius vociferus se encuentra en zonas de barbecho y Burhinus superciliaris prefiere areas de poca vegetacion o barbechos.
californica, Sturnella neglecta y Mymus polyglottos.
Familia Icteridae Sturnella superciliaris (Bonaparte) (pecho colorado) Estacion observada: Primavera, otono Estado poblacional: CI: Preocupacion menor Observaciones generales: Comun en banados (Nores, 1996).
lark bunting, Calamospiza melanocorys, western meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta) were only considered to have nested at a site if we found a nest between rows of trees within a shelterbelt.