The Eastern Meadowlark was probably named for it's lovely songs - like the larks of Europe. But this species is closely related to grackles and orioles from the blackbird family.
If you were to approach an Eastern Meadowlark, sometimes found perched atop a fence post, it would likely take a quick dive into some tall grass. Their preferred habitat is open grassy fields, and they construct ground nests that sometimes have a dome constructed from dried grasses.
A bright yellow chest and belly with a "V" shaped band resembling a necklace, these birds have the silhoette of a robin but the lifestyle of a songbird. The Eastern Meadowlark's call has a clear whistle tone and beautiful notes that sound like a flute.
You can sample the Eastern Meadowlark's song at WhatBird.com under SONGS AND CALLS
BIRDING is a series of articles from Edge of the Wildwood that covers the wild birds of Tennessee. Visit us again soon for another species of our winged friends.