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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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It would eventually become grassland" for the meadowlark and for other migratory species such as goldfinches, she said.
I have mixed feelings, really," said Meadowlark Principal Juan Cuadros, who also serves as principal in the same building for Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School, sitting in his office Thursday after school and donning his red Meadowlark Flyers - 1961-2011 T-shirt.
48: Teachers and other licensed staff at four closing elementary schools - Coburg, Crest Drive, Meadowlark and Parker - who were told this week about positions possibly available to them at schools where their students are transferring in the fall, as well as other district schools
Thursday in the multipurpose room of Meadowlark School, 3015 Sacramento Ave.
Board member Alicia Hays made a motion to approve Russell's recommendation to close Parker, Crest Drive and Coburg elementary schools, and merge Meadowlark with Willagillespie, as well as relocating Charlemagne at Fox Hollow to the Parker building.
That option - which also includes closing Coburg and Meadowlark - was suggested by board member Mary Walston at a meeting earlier this month.
We are writing because our school district plans to shut down Meadowlark Elementary School.
Cook said the group is concerned with escalating costs of moving portable buildings, saying that initial estimates of $100,000 for moving structures from Acton School to Meadowlark School have now nearly quadrupled.
They waved for Meadowlark and Twin Oaks, too, all schools targeted for closure this year or next under Russell's proposal.
The biggest point drops were seen at Desert High School in the Muroc district, Crossroads School in Lancaster, and Meadowlark Elementary School in Acton.
The board has been deluged with e-mails on the proposals, particularly the likely closings of Parker, Crest Drive, Meadowlark and Coburg elementary schools.
For the 2004-05 school year, Acton's roughly 200 pupils will be reassigned to the district's two other elementary schools - Meadowlark and Agua Dulce.