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Long-tailed Meadowlark

Sturnella loyca falklandica


Quite a large passerine, known locally in the Falklands as a military starling. The males are very easy to recognise, with their bright red throat and breast. They have a very pleasant song, which is actually how I located the bird (he was singing his heart out!). They nest on the ground, in a nest woven from grass.


Prefers settlements and coastal areas. I found this one near the the sand dunes at Yorke Bay, Falkland Islands.


I'm annoyed I couldn't get better photos, but we were walking back to the ship and had to get back in time for lunch...!

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Falkland Islands

Spotted on Feb 14, 2013
Submitted on May 1, 2013

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