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Peruvian Meadowlark - BirdForum Opus

Photo of male by Stanley Jones
Pantanos de Villa Reserve, Peru, September, 2009
Leistes bellicosus

Sturnella bellicosa


Shorter-tailed than other red-breasted South American Meadowlarks.

Similar species

Long-tailed Meadowlark, Pampas Meadowlark


South America: found west of the Andes in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and reported as currently spreading into Colombia. Subspecies catamarcanus from Argentina is usually included in Long-tailed Meadowlark

Photo by mmdnje
Chongon, Guayas Province, Ecuador, December 2005


Polytypic. Consists of two subspecies[1]

  • L. b. bellicosus:
  • L. b. albipes:
  • Arid littoral of south-western Peru (Ica) to extreme northern Chile

This taxon is included within Pampas Meadowlark by some authors.
This species has formerly been placed in the genus Sturnella.


Coastal grasslands


Territorial during breeding season. Male performs a song display where he rises up into the air.

In non-breeding season may flock.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Neotropical birds online
  4. Ebird

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