Meadowlark, a North American bird. It is not a true lark, but a member of the blackbird and oriole family. The adult bird is 8 to 11 inches (20-28 cm) long. Its upper plumage is largely buff and brown. It has a yellow breast, a V-shaped black mark at the throat, and white outer tail feathers. The male is noted for its beautiful song. The meadowlark feeds chiefly on insects, but also eats seeds. From three to seven white eggs, speckled with brown, are laid in a nest on the ground.
The eastern meadowlark has brown upper plumage streaked with black. The slightly smaller and somewhat paler western meadowlark has a sweeter and more varied song. The western meadowlark is the state bird of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming. Both species range from southern Canada to Mexico.
The eastern meadowlark is Sturnella magna; western, S. neglecta. Meadowlarks belong to the family Icteridae.