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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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Garita Skipper
Oarisma garita

Habitat: The Garita Skipper prefers grasslands and is very common around the Peace River area.  It can be found in its butterfly stage mainly in June and July.

Description: Garita Skippers are brown with the leading edge of the front wings being orange.  Unlike other Skippers whose wings usually lay flat, the Garita Skippers hold their wings folded above their body or with the front...

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