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Larks, Alauda....  

2008: March 9th, the first 9 arrived today.

Alauda is a genus of larks with four species found across much of Europe, Asia and in the mountains of north Africa,
and one species (the Raso Lark) endemic to the islet of Raso in the Cape Verde Islands.

These birds are 14–18 cm long and live in cultivation, heath, natural steppe and other open habitats. Their characteristic
songs are delivered in flight. They are fairly undistinguished: streaked brown above and pale below, with a short, blunt,
erectile crest. In flight, they display a short tail and short broad wings. The tail and the rear edge of the wings are
edged with white.

Their diet consists of seeds, supplemented with insects in the breeding season. They nest on the ground in tufts of grass,
with 3-6 eggs per clutch. They form flocks when not breeding.

Order: Passeriformes, Family: Alaudidae, Genus: Alauda

English Norsk Latin
Dunn's Lark Nomadelerke Eremalauda dunni
Eurasian Skylark Sanglerke Alauda arvensis
Japanese Skylark   Alauda japonica
Oriental Skylark Orientlerke Alauda gulgula
Razo Skylark Rasolerke Alauda razae

Sky Lark, Alauda arvensis   

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This is what we recall when we hear it early in spring.
Hearing its flight song can be quite frustrating because it stays at one spot about 50 - 100 m above
the ground and can be difficult to see despite being able to hear the song quite clearly.

 The Sky Lark is a bird of open, cultivated land, meadows and heathland.
It breeds throughout Britain, in most of Europe and in parts of Asia.

It is greyish-brown and streaked on its upperparts an breast but with an unmarked white belly.
text above:
© Arthur Grosset

© Arthur Grosset
The Skylark (Alauda arvensis) is a small passerine bird species.
This lark breeds across most of Europe and Asia and in the mountains of north Africa.
It is mainly resident in the west of its range,but eastern populations are more
moving further south in winter.
Even in the milder west of its range, many birds move to lowlands and the coast in winter.
Asian birds appear as vagrants in Alaska;
this bird has also been introduced in Hawaii and western North America.

ARKive video - Skylark eggs in nest, feeds chicks
Skylark eggs in nest, feeds chicks
BBC Natural History Unit

The Skylark is 16 to 18 cm long. It is a bird of open farmland and heath,
known throughout its range for the song of the male,
which is delivered in hovering flight from heights of 50 to 100 m,
when the singing bird may appear as just a dot in the sky from the ground.
The song generally lasts 2 to 3 minutes, but it tends to last longer later in the season.
Text above: http://en.wikipedia.org/


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