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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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00) for Eastern Meadowlarks (Sturnella magna) in a grassland system in Illinois, which is also lower than our 3-day estimate of 0.
The most abundant species were grasshopper and Henslow's sparrows as well as eastern meadowlarks (Sturnella magna) and red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus).
Eastern meadowlarks nesting in rangelands and Conservation Reserve Program fields in Kansas.
Densities of Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks did not differ between the two field types.
For example, populations of grasshopper sparrows (Ammodramus savannarum), eastern meadowlarks (Sturnella magna), Henslow's sparrows (A.
However, prey items fed to nestlings during our study indicated Eastern Meadowlarks exhibited clear preferences for arachnids when feeding their young.
Roseberry and Klimstra (1970) detected an inverse relationship between intensity of grazing and use of habitat by nesting eastern meadowlarks (Stumella magna).
We examined: (1) how woody vegetation features were related to habitat use and distribution of Grasshopper, Savannah, and Henslow's sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Bobolinks, and Dickcissels breeding within reclaimed surface mines; (2) the extent woody habitat features were related to nestsite selection of Grasshopper and Henslow's sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks; and (3) if these woody habitat features affected daily nest survival of Grasshopper and Henslow's sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks.
Eastern Meadowlarks (Sturnella magna) (Lanyon 1995) and Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis) (Wheelwright and Rising 2008) are also ground-nesting grassland birds that fledge at below adult mass.
2007) observed 63% mortality for Eastern Meadowlarks (Sturnella magna) and 56% for Dickcissels (Spiza americana) over 58 and 72 day post-fledging periods, respectively.
Eastern Meadowlarks initiated nests earliest with average nest incubation starting on 16 April.
We located nests of both species using systematic searches and focused surveys in areas with Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks, and appropriate nesting vegetation.

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