All About The Meadow Lark





Usually resident--sometimes goes south in late October, returning in

April.



Song--a very beautiful sweet, clear whistle--heard in the early spring

and in the autumn--usually quite silent during brooding season.



Female much paler in colour than male. General colour brown streaked

with brown and black and cream--breast and throat yellow--conspicuous

black crescent on breast--brown streak on head appearing to run through

the eyes--tail feathers edged with white, which is seen most plainly

when bird is in flight.



Food--seeds, insects, larval insects, also swallows gravel to aid in

digestion.



Nest made of grasses--built on the ground amid tall grass or

grain--usually quite skilfully hidden and arched or roofed over in a

very ingenious way.



Eggs--four in number--about an inch and an eighth in length, a pure

white, speckled with brown.



Greatest danger from snakes and field-mice.



Meadow lark is not really a lark, but belongs to the blackbird family.





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