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How do you identify a Western meadowlark?

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The Western meadowlark has a yellow belly with an intricate brown, black and buff pattern on its upper parts. Its size is similar to a robin. Across its yellow breast is a black V-shaped marking. It has brown and buff striped markings across its head.

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The Western meadowlark is a member of the blackbird family and is most often found in the West and Midwest United States. It inhabits marsh edges, grasslands, pasture, and meadows. It has a flute-like and melodious song. The Western meadowlark's diet consists of bugs, seeds and waste grains. It forages by walking along the ground and gathering food from grass and low plants, or probing the dirt with its beak.

The Western meadowlark lays between three and seven eggs. The eggs are white and heavily spotted with brown and purple. The incubation period is approximately 12 to 15 days, and the young leave the nest after about 12 days. Western meadowlarks migrate in early spring and late fall. The female of the species builds the nest, made of grass stems interwoven with nearby growth. It is a domed structure, and the entrance is on the side.

The Western meadowlark is the state bird of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming.

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