Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

Eurasian Skylark

Eurasian Skylark

The Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) is a small bird native to Europe and Asia, as well as some parts of northern Africa. Within this range, the birds favor the open countryside including fields, meadows, and moorlands. During sunny days, male skylarks fly in the sky and sing long songs to impress females while hovering 50 to 100 m above the ground – singing on perches instead is comparatively rare. Their diet consists mainly of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates during the summer and seeds, seedlings, or small leaves in the winter. Due to its dull, brownish plumage, the birds are very well hidden in the grass and even if you hear them sing, you might have to look carefully to spot an individual. I have photographed these little artists during a walk through salt marshes in northern Germany in April 2015.

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

Eurasian Skylark

Eurasian Skylark

a skylark blending in with the background

a skylark blending in with the background

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

singing Eurasian Skylark

perfect camouflage

perfect camouflage

 

9 responses to “Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

  1. Wonderful post as always – I love sky larks especially when out on a walk and they are up above singing. Hear them quite a bit in Somerset.

    Here in Portugal it has been the Crested Lark we’ve been listening to.

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