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



Arid desert grassland of southwestern United States; Pacific lowlands in west Mexico, and irrigated farmlands in central Mexico.

Habitat in Breeding Range

The lilianae subspecies of Chihuahuan Meadowlark prefers the arid desert grassland of southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and western Texas (21). Habitat broadly consists of short grass, forbs, yucca, shrubs, mesquite, and bare ground (25). The subspecies auropectoralis occurs along the Pacific lowlands Sinaloa to Michoacán (21). Populations of auropectoralis near the Mexican Plateau tend to switch habitat preferences with Western Meadowlark, and occupy irrigated farm land while Western Meadowlark is found in the desert grasslands (21).

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