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Eurasian Skylark

(Alauda arvensis)
Alternate name(s): "Common Skylark", "Skylark"
German name(s): "Feldlerche"

Size: 16-19 cm; wing span 30-36 cm
Weight: 25-55 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Skylark at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "arvensis"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Skylark with its crest erected (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2019]

Ventral view of a male Eurasian Skylark hovering in display flight; this is the bird whose territorial song was recorded on 22 March 2019 (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a female Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a female Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2019]

Dorsal view of a (probably female) Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza National Park, Poland, May 2016]

Race "sierrae"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Lateral view of an Eurasian Skylark in worn plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Franca de Xira, Tejo estuary, Portugal, May 2020]

Near-dorsal view of an Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, April 2017]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Skylark hovering low above the ground; note the long tail with the characteristic white outer tail feathers and the long hind toes (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, March 2019]

Dorsal view of an Eurasian Skylark in flight; note the characteristic off-white feathers on the sides of the tail and the white trailing edges on the wings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Franca de Xira, Tejo estuary, Portugal, May 2020]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Eurasian Skylark; note the white spots (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2020]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Franca de Xira, Tejo estuary, Portugal, May 2020]

Lateral view of a juvenile Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2020]

Lateral view of juvenile Eurasian Skylarks on the ground (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Lateral view of juvenile Eurasian Skylarks on the ground, with an adult in the foreground (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Eurasian Skylark (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Eurasian Skylark, crest erected (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2020]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of an Eurasian Skylark with its prey, a flying insect (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Franca de Xira, Tejo estuary, Portugal, May 2020]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Skylark eating its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Franca de Xira, Tejo estuary, Portugal, May 2020]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

skylark_dw_20160508.m4a arvensis (Poland) Territorial calls
(male; display flight)
© DW
skylark_dw_20190322.m4a arvensis (Poland) Territorial calls
(male; display flight)
© DW
 
skylark_jp_20200517.m4a sierrae (Portugal) Territorial calls (male) © JP
skylark_jp_20200316.m4a sierrae (Portugal) Territorial calls
(male; display flight)
© JP
skylark_jp_20200505.m4a sierrae (Portugal) Territorial calls
(males; Q&A)
© JP

More Eurasian Skylark sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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