Anatomy: The Western Meadowlark is about 8.5 to 11 inches (22-28 cm) long and weighs about 3 ounces. The bill is sharply-pointed, the legs are long, and the head is streaked with dark black. The Western Meadowlark has a dark "V" bib on a bright yellow chest. Males and females look similar.
Diet: The Western Meadowlark is an omnivore (it eats meat and plants); it feeds on the ground. It eats insects, worms, snails, spiders, and roadkill; it also eats grain and other seeds.
Predators: Predators of the Western Meadowlark include cats, dogs, hawks, owls, skunks, and foxes.
Nest and Eggs: Western Meadowlark nests are partially domed with a side tunnel entrance. They are made from grass, pine needles, and horsehair; the male and female work together to build the nest. Nests are built in a small hole in the ground. Females lay 3-7 spotted white eggs in each clutch (a set of eggs laid at one time). The female incubates the eggs for 13-14 days. Both parents care for the hatchlings for 11-12 days, then the young leave the nest.
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