- Length: 8.5 inches
- Sharply-pointed bill
- Buff and brown head stripes
- Yellow underparts with black "v" on breast
- White flanks with black streaks
- Brown upperparts with black streaks
- Brown tail with white outer tail feathers
- Juvenile and winter plumages somewhat duller
- Frequents open habitats
The Eastern Meadowlark is very similar to the Western Meadowlark. Where
their ranges overlap, they are best separated by voice. Western Meadowlark
has yellow throat extending slightly farther into face than Eastern. Male
Dickcissel is much smaller with a conical bill and lacks white in the tail.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
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