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Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta
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Habitat:  Croplands, agricultural areas, grasslands, and roadsides.

Description: Bright yellow belly with a black V. Has white outer tail feathers that can be hidden, a slender bill, and dark stripes on the head.  Male and Female birds have similar coloring.

Size: 20-25 cm long; 100g

Diet: Grasshoppers, crickets, spiders and seeds.

Fun Facts: Given the scientific name neglecta meaning neglected or forgotten, because the Lewis and Clark expedition overlooked it, and thought it was the Eastern Meadowlark.

Source: B. Mc Gillivray, and G. Semechuk.  1998.  The Federation of Alberta Naturalists Field Guide to Alberta Birds.  Federation of Alberta Naturalists.

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Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
  Back is covered in alternating spotted and pale stripes.  Between the stripes, the coat is brown in color.  The nose, cheeks, belly and eye circle are all pale in color.  It has large eyes, and small ears.
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