New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) - HBW 16, p. 807

French: Sturnelle de l’Ouest German: Wiesenstärling Spanish: Pradero Occidental

Taxonomy: Sturnella neglecta Audubon, 1844, near Fort Croghan, North Dakota, USA.
Closely related to S. magna. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds in Canada (from S British Columbia and NC Alberta E to SW Ontario) and S in W USA (E to Michigan, W Iowa and W Texas) to Mexico (S to N Baja California, Sonora and C plateau in Guanajuato); in winter extends farther S into Mexico and E in USA to R Mississippi and the Gulf Coast.