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Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Description:
Measuring 17 centimetres in length, this greyish-brown bird has streaks on its upper body and pale breast and a pure white belly. The white edges of its wings and the white sides of its tail become visible in flight. The male has a blunt crest on its head that can be raised and lowered.

Habitat:
Skylarks can be found across most of Europe and Asia. They live in open, cultivated land, as well as meadows and heaths. They build grass nests that are well hidden on the ground.

Habits:
Often seen in fields and along roadsides, the skylark sings in flight, climbing higher and higher and then hovering in one spot at about 100 metres, where it is difficult to spot. It feeds on insects and grains.

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