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Crested Lark

(Galerida cristata)
Size: 17-19 cm; wing span 29-38 cm
Weight: 40-50 g


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

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Race "brachyura"

This race is also called the "North-east Libyan Crested Lark".


Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Crested Lark issuing its song
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

Frontal view of a Crested Lark scratching
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

What's that down there? Crested Lark looking downward
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

More lateral view of a Crested Lark
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

Male Crested Lark foraging on the ground
[Sun Farms, Sohar, May 2010]

Lateral view of a Crested Lark
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Here with its head turned away, shwoing the nape of its neck
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Crested Lark inspecting something low on the ground
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Dorsal view of a moulting Crested Lark
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

Here a Crested Lark with a proper crest
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Race "meridionalis"

Photos of Crested Larks, race "meridionalis" are available from Europe.


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.

crstlrk_jp_20201023.m4a pallida
Territorial calls © JP
crstlrk_jp_20200412.m4a pallida
Territorial calls
(+ European Greenfinch)
© JP
crstlrk_jp_20200410.m4a pallida
Territorial calls(?) © JP
crstlrk_jp_20200503.m4a pallida
? © JP

More Crested Lark sound recordings are available at .

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