mead·​ow·​lark | \ ˈme-dō-ˌlärk How to pronounce meadowlark (audio) , -də-\

Definition of meadowlark

: any of several American songbirds (genus Sturnella of the family Icteridae) that are streaked brown above and in northernmost forms have a yellow breast marked with a black crescent

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Among other birds, the saltmarsh sparrow and eastern meadowlark are moving from not listed to special concern species. Michael P. Norton,, "Bald eagle recovering, two bee species marked as endangered in Mass.," 16 Aug. 2019 Researchers are working with landowners in the state to preserve some of the last vital habitats available for grassland birds, like the bobolink, Savannah sparrow and meadowlark. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Aside from the cows, there are other visiting luminaries from the animal kingdom: elk, deer, bunnies, eagles, sandhill cranes, and meadowlarks, to name a few. James Florio, National Geographic, "See the wildest art destination in the West," 21 Mar. 2019 From here the trail travels along a dusty road through a vast field populated by bobolink and eastern meadowlark. Peter Marteka,, "Hiking Along The Banks Of A Lost Town," 20 May 2018 That freshwater marsh and the native grasslands of the adjacent coastal prairie provide some of the highest quality habitat for resident mottled ducks and ground-nesting birds such as bobwhite quail and meadowlarks. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Major additions in the works for Texas’ public lands," 22 Apr. 2018 By the way, Kansas already had a state bird (western meadowlark), state animal (American buffalo) and state amphibian (barred tiger salamander). Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Kansas finally has official rock, mineral and gem, thanks to Overland Park 4th-grader | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018 Common species like bees, monarch butterflies, eastern meadowlarks and night-hawks are also dwindling. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "A third of nation’s wildlife at risk of disappearing, report says | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 Feral hogs are opportunistic predators, and will plunder nests of quail, turkey, meadowlark and other ground-nesting birds. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Late winter gives Texas hunters best shot at feral hogs," 24 Jan. 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of meadowlark

: a North American bird that has a brown back and a yellow breast


mead·​ow·​lark | \ ˈme-dō-ˌlärk How to pronounce meadowlark (audio) \

Kids Definition of meadowlark

: a songbird that has brownish upper parts and a yellow breast

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