Chihuahuan Meadowlark Sturnella lilianae Scientific name definitions

Johanna K. Beam, Levi A. Jaster, William E. Jensen, and Wesley E. Lanyon
Version: 1.0 — Published October 25, 2022

Diet and Foraging


Has not been studied, however likely similar to Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) and Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) that feed on the ground and probe the soil (6).


Has not been studied in Chihuahuan Meadowlark, however presumably similar to Eastern Meadowlark and Western Meadowlark that eat primary insects and vegetable matter.

Food Selection and Storage

More information needed.

Nutrition and Energetics

More information needed.

Metabolism and Temperature Regulation

Has not been studied in Chihuahuan Meadowlark, however in Western Meadowlark, insects are digested in 2-4 hours while grains take twice as long to digest (36).

More information needed on temperature regulation.

Drinking, Pellet-Casting, and Defecation

Has been observed drinking from puddles on the ground. More information needed.

Recommended Citation

Beam, J. K., L. A. Jaster, W. E. Jensen, and W. E. Lanyon (2022). Chihuahuan Meadowlark (Sturnella lilianae), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.lilmea2.01