Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Larks (Alaudidae)

Code 4

SKLA

Code 6

ALAARV

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Skylark has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Asia, Europe, and North America, this bird prefers grassland, wetland, marine and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 79,000,000 to 160,000,000 individuals in Europe alone and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Eurasian Skylark is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Skylark: This medium-sized lark has dark-streaked, brown upperparts and white underparts with streaks on the breast and sides, a dark edged tail, and indistinct crest on head. It forages on the ground by walking and running. Feeds mostly on seeds, grains and insects. They are renowned for their display flight and song. Alternates several rapid wing beats with short glides. Sexes are similar. Formerly called Sky Lark, name was changed to Eurasian Skylark in 2016 by the American Ornithologist Union.

 

Range and Habitat

Eurasian Skylark: Common in Hawaii; this species occurs accidentally during the winter along the Pacific coast to northern California. Siberian race occurs rarely during migration along the Aleutian archipelago. Preferred habitats include farmlands, moors, salt marsh, heaths, upland pastures, and industrial waste grounds.

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Eurasian Skylark SONGS AND CALLS

Eurasian Skylark D1

Song is a series of whistles and trills.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Cherrup"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Skylark is known for the song of the male, which is delivered in hovering flight from heights of 150 to 300 feet, when the singing bird may appear as a dot in the sky from the ground.
  • The male has broader wings than the female. This adaptation may have evolved because of the females' preference for males that sing and hover for longer periods and so demonstrate that they are likely to have good overall fitness.
  • The song Alouette is a song about the plucking of a Eurasian Skylark. Alouette is the French word for Sky Lark.
  • A group of larks has many collective nouns, including an "ascension", "chattering", "exaltation", "happiness", and "springul" of larks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
HornsX
Paired contour feathers on top of the head of the bird.

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Head Feathers and Markings X
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