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060 SONG OF THE PRAIRIE - WESTERN MEADOWLARK
Western Meadowlark- Nebraska Sandhills. Perched atop a yucca plant, a western meadowlark's clear, lucid song rises above the prairie. With its brash yellow breast and distinctive black bib, the meadowlark is perhaps the most recognizable of all grassland birds in the Great Plains. Its distinctive summer song is as much a symbol of the prairie as the howl of the coyote and the booming calls of the prairie chicken. Particularly in spring and early summer, male meadowlarks can be seen proclaiming their territories from fenceposts, yucca plants and other conspicuous high points in the landscape. These perches help define their territorial boundaries and serve as lookouts where they can spy intruders and are visible to their prospective mates.