Natural History: The Western Meadowlark feeds on insects and other invertebrates, as well as seeds and grains. Nests are built on the ground. Typically found in small flocks.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species is found in areas of scrub and grasslands.
Frequency: This species is moderately common in the spring, fall, and winter. It is not present in the summer. It is not known to breed at the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: This bird is characterized by mottled to speckled brown back and sides with a yellow belly and throat and dark brown to black throat band. The top of the head has dark brown stripes.
Did You Know?
In 1882, the fort now known as Fort Point was given the name "Fort Winfield Scott", a name it retained for four years before being downgraded to a sub-post of the Presidio. In 1912, the name was reused for the new coast artillery post at the Presidio, today's Fort Scott.