Skylark


Skylark

The Skylark is a widespread visitor of Britain & Ireland that can be found in a wide variety of habitats all seasons of the year. This small brown bird is larger than a sparrow but smaller than a starling. Its population is in decline putting it on the endangered list of birds.


Identification

Adult
The Skylark has a heavily streaked buff & briwn body with a noticable small buff & brown crown crest. It has a long notched tail thats buff & brown with white edges. It has a white belly & throat and heavily streaked upperparts.
Female
The female is much duller buffy brownish colour streaked with a some yellow in its wings and tail, upperparts grey - green, underparts buffy with streaking above and below.
Size
17 - 18cms (6.5 - 7 in)
Bill
Brown;short & thickish
Legs
Pinkish; medium in length
Habitat
Moor, heaths, field, marshes
Behaviour
Walks; takes off & lands on the ground
Flocking
1 - 100
Flight
Hovers, undulating
Voice
Fine warbling song in towering flight, liquid chirrup sound.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Cup on the ground
Eggs
3 - 4; greyish blotched brown
Incubation Period
11 days
Broods
2 - 3; April - June
Food
Seeds & insects
UK Breeding Pairs
1,750,000 - 2,000,000

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