Crested lark — Galerida cristata

Medium sized lark with a prominent crest. Separated from the more range-restricted Thekla’s Lark by longer bill with straight lower mandible and usually longer and spikier crest. Lots of variation in plumage color, which matches local soil types, but usually grayer and darker than Eurasian Skylark. Short tail and rust-tinged underwings obvious in flight. Found in dry areas with scarce vegetation, especially agricultural land and at roadsides. Song is an often magnificently long and highly impressive series of varied jumbled twitters, trills, warbles, and slurred notes. Often gives a plaintive “ch’wee.”

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Description Crested lark — Galerida cristata

1200The Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) is a small to medium-sized passerine bird found throughout Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia. It is known for its distinctive crest of feathers on its head, which it can raise or lower depending on its mood. Typically brownish-grey in color, the Crested Lark has intricate streaking on its back and wings, with a pale underside. Its diet consists mainly of seeds and insects, which it forages for on the ground in open habitats such as grasslands, agricultural fields, and scrublands. This adaptable bird is often seen perched on fence posts or wires, singing its melodious song, which consists of a series of chirps and trills. During the breeding season, males perform aerial displays to attract mates. Crested Larks are known for their resilience in harsh environments, thriving in habitats ranging from arid deserts to urban areas. They are a common sight and a delightful addition to the avian fauna of their range.

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