Skylark – Alauda arvensis

The Skylark is a widespread visitor of Britain and Ireland and can be found in a variety of habitats all year long. Sized between a Sparrow and a Starling, this small brown bird has a dwindling population, putting it on the endangered list.

Identification

Adult: The Skylark has a heavily streaked buff and brown body, with a noticeable crown crest. It has a long, notched, white-edged tail and a white belly and throat.
Size: 17¬–18cm.
Bill: Brown, short and thick.
Legs: Tinted pink, medium length.
Habitat: Moors, heaths, fields and marshes.
Behaviour: Walks, takes off/lands on the ground.
Flocking: 1–100.
Flight: Hovers, undulating.
Voice: Fine, warbling song in towering flight, intermitted with a liquid chirrup sound.

Breeding

Nest: Ground.
Eggs: 3–4. Blotched grey colour.
Incubation period: 11 days.
Fledgeling: 20 days.
Broods: 2–3. April–June.
Food: Seeds and insects.
UK breeding pairs: 1,750,000–2,000,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Hi Energy Wild Bird Feed, Countrywide Dried Mealworms.

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