Lark, Crested


Name: Lark, Crested

Scientific name: Galerida cristata

Type: Lark

Color: Brown,Cream

Habitat: Desert,Fields

Size: 13cm

Conservation status:

Resident Breeder


Rather stocky, pot-bellied, short-tailed lark; long spiky crest always visible; bill fairly long, slightly curved. Upperparts buffish grey or rusty, rather uniform, diffusely streaked darker on hindneck/upper mantle; breast more heavily streaked. Flight with flapping wing-beats on broad wings showing rusty buff underwings and blackish brown short tail with cinnamon sides. Juvenile heavily pale-spotted above. Distinguished from Skylark by shorter, bulkier appearance, spiky crest, longer curved bill, stronger facial marks; also from Skylark by tail pattern and lack of white trailing edge to wing.
Sings from exposed perch or high in air.

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