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Western Meadowlark

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August 2006

8" x 10" - Coloured Pencil on 90lb white Stonehenge paper.

The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) is a medium-sized blackbird, very similar in appearance to the Eastern Meadowlark.

Adults have yellow underparts with a black "V" on the breast and white flanks with black streaks. The upperparts are mainly brown with black streaks. They have a long pointed bill; the head is striped with light brown and black.

Their breeding habitat is grasslands and prairie, also pastures and abandoned fields, across western and central North America to northern Mexico. Where their range overlaps with the eastern species, these birds prefer thinner, drier vegetation; the two birds generally do not interbreed but do defend territory against each other. The nest is on the ground, covered with a roof woven from grasses. There may be more than one nesting female in a male's territory.

These birds are permanent residents throughout much of their range. Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range; some birds also move east in the southern United States.

These birds forage on the ground or in low to semi-low vegetation, sometimes probing with its bill. They mainly eat insects as well as seeds and berries. In winter, they often feed in flocks.

This bird has a flute-like warbled song, unlike the simple whistled call of the Eastern Meadowlark. They were considered to be the same species for some time; the western species, having been overlooked for some time, was given the species name neglecta.

This is the state bird of Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming.
-- Wikipedia

54 Comments

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Cristina Andrisan 11 Jan 2009

Your birds are so perfect....You could illustrate a birds album...Wonderful done!

Anonymous Guest 27 Jul 2008

Thank you Ana, about the information. I love birds... Weell done and sensitive work! Lovelly painting.(Teresa Ramalhão, jose fortunato cousin, and a new member at AW...)

Mark Saxton 17 Apr 2008

beautiful pencils.

Cathy Savels 22 Dec 2007

I love this one! Very well done indeed.

Paul Traudt 29 Nov 2007

great work

Minnie Shuler 30 Oct 2007

Such fantastic detail and you educate us too. This is very good work. Great talent. If you don't already, you need to pursue getting your work on porcelain.

Habeeb Hassan 31 Jan 2007

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! This is just so amazing!!! One of the best painting of a bird I have ever seen.

Hilton Harris 30 Jan 2007

Wow, stunning work on these birds.

Kathryn Arruda 28 Nov 2006

Beautifully rendered colored pencil work, such fine detailed plumage and the delicate background is perfect fot this piece!

William Boyer 17 Nov 2006

cool

Renata Cavanaugh 19 Sep 2006

Excellent

anirban bora 13 Sep 2006

lovely

Tom Scott 11 Sep 2006

Flawless! Very inspirational.

Jacqueline Bishop 11 Sep 2006

wonderfuly done very like like!

ERIKA SONEGO 09 Sep 2006

AMAZING!!!

Timothy Hughes 09 Sep 2006

Beautifully coloured work, love the bird !

Christine brand 05 Sep 2006

What beauty you bring to the world ...Excellent. You amaze me!

Analua 02 Sep 2006

Especial marvelous bird!!!! As always your details are truly precious and great!!!

Lawrence Hickman 24 Aug 2006

amazing beautiful and cool

C DeMaio 22 Aug 2006

amazing work Ana how in the worlld do you use colored pencil and get this fine of a result...Amazing!!! 10+++++

Tabitha Borges 21 Aug 2006

wonderful color pencil work..

Olga van Dijk 17 Aug 2006

==What an excellent pencil work this is Ana!==

Cathie Brock 17 Aug 2006

Wonderful looking bird Ana...Cath xxx

José Fortunato 17 Aug 2006

Beautiful pencil work. Thanks for the explanation about this gret bird. Bravo

Katerina Koukiotis 16 Aug 2006

ana this is so precious i love looking at your bird portfolio they look so alive to me!!

Joanne Harvey 14 Aug 2006

Ana this is beautiful! You are so talented! At first I thought it was A photo! You've even have rust on the fence!

debbie collier 14 Aug 2006

Beautifully done!! I love the colors!

mc williams 14 Aug 2006

amazing work you do, ana

Anonymous Guest 14 Aug 2006

gorgeous job Ana

Artist Reply: Thank you very much!

Penny Myers 13 Aug 2006

Excellent as always.

Jerry 13 Aug 2006

Lovely picture!

Carliss Mora 13 Aug 2006

So precious, and beautiful, Ana!

Anne Vis 13 Aug 2006

beautiful work, Ana!

Anonymous Guest 13 Aug 2006

fantastic work!! this is great ... you are extreemely talented ...very impressive Ana

Artist Reply: Thank you very much!

Susan Epps 13 Aug 2006

Simple, beautiful and very skilled.....love it !

jan robson 13 Aug 2006

what a beautiful drawing this is just lovely

Anonymous Guest 12 Aug 2006

You dear lady are getting so great! and the research is perfect. No words,,just enjoying the drawing!!!!! Luke

Artist Reply: Thank you Luke! I am so pleased that you, and everyone else, are enjoying my work. :)

adrian pickett 12 Aug 2006

beautiful colors ..well done

Lucia Stewart 12 Aug 2006

Excellent details in this fabulous artwork! I love it Ana, super well done!

Emilio B. Campo-Diaz 12 Aug 2006

Gorgeous work, I like it.

Loredana 12 Aug 2006

AWESOME WORK ANA BRAVO

Steen Djervad 12 Aug 2006

this is a wonderful drawing, Ana:)

Ginger Lovellette 12 Aug 2006

Ana, this is just fabulous!

Joke Schotting 12 Aug 2006

Beautiful work again,Ana!!

Anonymous Guest 12 Aug 2006

you are a master at this Ana...... its gorgeous

Artist Reply: Thank you, Kind Stranger! :)

Greg Joens 12 Aug 2006

lovely work. incredible detail... right down to the glints of light on the barbed wire.

Armando Salas 12 Aug 2006

Will you teach me about colored pencils! Please!

Nelly van Nieuwenhuijzen 12 Aug 2006

superb beauty!!!!! great work, Ana!!!!!

joan warburton 12 Aug 2006

Beautiful detail!

jane diamond 11 Aug 2006

Excellent pencil portrait of this beautiful bird. It's very realistic, and I enjoy the soft colors, and soft look to it as well. Very strong talent you have Ana! Interesting info about this bird too. Wonderful and passionate work :)

Reba McDonald 11 Aug 2006

Beautifully done Ana.

Gabriele Swanson 11 Aug 2006

Great work Ana

Emily Reed 11 Aug 2006

Just a beautiful rendering, Ana.

Laura Smith 11 Aug 2006

Great CP work.