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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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Porcupine
Erethizon dorsatum

Glossy, brown to black coat, with long, white-tipped guard hairs.  The front claws are sharp and curved.

 

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