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Crested Lark

(Galerida cristata)
German name(s): "Haubenlerche"
Size: 17-19 cm; wing span 29-38 cm
Weight: 40-50 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 Crested Lark at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cristata"

This race is also called the "Central European Crested Lark".

ADULT

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, June 2018]

Race "pallida"

This race is also called the "Iberian Crested Lark".

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a Crested Lark; based on its behaviour, this is very likely a male marking its territory (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

Dorsal view of a Crested Lark; based on its behaviour, this is very likely a male (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2018]

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2016]

Lateral view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

Race "meridionalis"

This race is also called the "Greecian Crested Lark".

ADULT

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Paralia, Greece, September 2017]

Crested Lark using a heap of straw as its elevated perch (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Paralia, Greece, September 2017]

Pair of Crested Larks on a beach (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Paralia, Greece, September 2017]

Race "caucasica"

This race is also called the "Caucasian Crested Lark". Although found just beyond the boundaries of Europe, we show it here for completeness.

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-lateral view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)

Lateral view of a Crested Lark (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)

Race "brachyura"

Photos of Crested Larks, race "brachyura", are available from Arabia.

Breeding information

Breeding season: Mar - Aug Eggs: 3 - 5 Incubation period: 11 - 12 days Fledging age: 15 - 16 days

The length of the breeding season depends on geographic latitude and can start in February in southern parts of the range. Crested Larks usually raise two broods per season.

Chicks are precocial and will leave the nest around 8 days of age.

Nest building: Female(?) Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female & male(?)

Nest

Type: Basket in scrape Material: Grass Height above ground: N/A

View from above into a Crested Lark nest with 3(?) chicks inside (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2013]

Eggs

Size: 24 x 18 mm Colour: Light greyish-brown, with small darker grey and brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Food, Diet

Crested Lark with its prey, a grasshopper (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

This Crested Lark has found something to eat, which looks like some kind of seed (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Paralia, Greece, September 2017]

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