Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to meadowlark: eastern 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
..... Click the link for more information.
, 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.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Icteridae.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
This is likely because of the large size of meadowlark chicks and their ability to compete with aggressive cowbird nestlings, or because adult meadowlarks remove cowbird eggs from their nests before they are capable of hatching (Peer el al., 2000).
Species associated primarily with remnant prairie and CRP habitats were bobolink, eastern meadowlark and dickcissel, whereas sedge wren and Henslow's sparrow were found primarily in CRP (Fig.
Our objectives in this study were, thus, to examine topographic effects on the nesting ecology of Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrows (Ammodramus savannarum) and Eastern Meadowlarks (Sturnella magna).
Paired t-tests were used to compare the meadowlark nest sites with the random sites.
Titled the Meadowlark Prairie and Savanna Project in honor of Oregon's state bird, the Western meadowlark, the project aims to restore or enhance 265 acres at the recreation area south of Springfield.
Meadowlark milked the situation by pretending to chase the boy for a short distance before retrieving the ball to loud applause and with a large smile.
Laura Tesler, a biologist with the department, said the main goal of the latest purchase is to secure open grassland for the western meadowlark, the state bird and one that's in decline in Oregon as its nesting grounds have been converted to farmland or paved over.
Two other men, Leroy Herbert, 22, of Meadowlark Close, St Mellons and Cain McKenzie, 18, of Ellen Street, Butetown, were both found not guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Saturday at Meadowlark Prairie; free; participants asked to meet at Meadowlark Prairie Overlook on Green Hill Road, south of the intersection with Royal Avenue; participants should bring picnic lunch, water and sturdy shoes; or 541-338-7047.
MORE than pounds 7,500 worth of tools were stolen from a shed in Meadowlark Estate, St Mellons, Cardiff, early yesterday morning.