The Western Meadowlark is a very melodic bird that lives in open country like grasslands and shrublands. No wonder it is the State Bird of six "Western" states: Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming.
Western Meadowlarks are very similar in appearance to East Meadowlarks, but their songs are very different. But anyone that is familiar with one song will automatically recognize the other as a meadowlark.
The Western Meadowlark was adopted as the Kansas State Bird in 1937.
When asked in 1930 which bird best represented Montana, the state's school children responded overwhelmingly with the meadowlark. Legislators agreed and in the year 1931, the Western Meadowlark was officially named the Montana State Bird.
The Western Meadowlark was designated the Nebraska State Bird by legislative action in 1929 because it was abundant throughout the state and was noted for its joyous song.
The Western Meadowlark has been adopted as the North Dakota State Bird in 1947. (North Dakota Century Code, Chapter: 54-02-06). Since about 95% of native prarie in North Dakota has been converted to agricultural crops, the Western Meadowlark is having a hard time finding suitable habitat and has been added to the State's Concervation Priority list.
The Western Meadowlark was chosen as the Oregon State Bird in 1927 by Oregon's school children in a poll sponsored by the Oregon Audubon Society. The Western Meadowlark is known for its distinctive and beautiful song. The Western Meadowlark is now listed as a Critically Sensitive Species in the Williamette Valley in Oregon.
The Western Meadowlark was adopted as the Wyoming State Bird on February 5, 1927.
More information about the The Western Meadowlark, its life history, song and identification can be found here.
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