Western Meadowlark

brown and yellow meadowlark sings from its perch on a tree branch
Western Meadowlark. ©Tim Hauf, timhaufphotography.com.

Quick Facts
Type: Bird

Diet: Omnivore: Seeds, fruit, insects

Average lifespan: 5–8 years

Average size: Length: 6–10 in.; Wingspan: 16 in.

Average weight: 3–4 oz.

Did You Know?
Western meadowlarks perform a behavior known as "gaping." They insert their beak into the ground and then force it open, creating a hole through which they have access to insects and seeds.

Last updated: November 9, 2018