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Eastern Meadowlark, a member of "Group A".
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Clade: Nine-primaried oscines
Epifamily: Icteroidae
Clade: Blackbird and warbler group
Family: Icteridae
Subfamily: Sturnellinae
Genus: Sturnella
Vieillot, 1816

Meadowlarks are birds belonging to the genus Sturnella in the New World family Icteridae. Sturnella meadowlarks and blackbirds small group of gregarious and conspicuous grassland-inhabiting blackbirds.[1]

This genus includes seven species of largely insectivorous grassland birds. In all species the male at least has a black or brown back and extensively red or yellow underparts.


Together with the Yellow-headed Blackbird and Bobolink, Sturnella make up the Sturnellinae subfamily.[2]

Members of Sturnella can be grouped into three main groups:[1]

  • "Group A": underparts yellow with black crescent; sexes alike.[1]
  • "Group B": underparts red; females duller, streakier below.[1]
  • "Group C": like group B, but blacker and bill shorter.[1]

Species list

"Group A":

"Group B":

"Group C":

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  1. ^ a b c d e Ridgely, Robert and Tudor, Guy (1989). The Birds of South America: The Oscine Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 0292707568. 
  2. ^ John H. Boyd III (September 12, 2011). "CORE PASSEROIDEA IV: Emberizidae and Passerellidae". TiF Checklist. Retrieved 14-07-2020.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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