(Alauda arvensis)

Alert Status: Red - 63% decline


Identifying Features: The skylark is a small brown bird, somewhat larger than a sparrow but smaller than a starling. It is streaky brown with a small crest, which can be raised when the bird is excited or alarmed, and a white-sided tail. The wings also have a white rear edge, visible in flight
Average Length: 18-19 cm
Average Lifespan: 2 years
Average Wingspan: 30-36 cm


Beak type: Black, brown, short, medium thickness


Natural: Generalist
Nesting: Skylarks breed on meadows, salt marshes, heaths and farmland. The nest is a cup on the ground made from grass and hair.


Where to see: Skylarks are found everywhere in the UK. Likes open countryside, from lowland farmland to upland moorland. Often inconspicuous on the ground, it is easy to see when in its distinctive song flight.

Eurasian Skylark by david m, Xeno-canto.
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