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Birds by name
Conservation status: Introduced
A distinctive lark with yellow and black face markings and black 'horns' (feather tufts) in breeding plumage. They are almost exclusively coastal birds. Numbers vary greatly from one winter to the next. In a good year, a few hundred may be present, but in others they can be very scarce. Watch for them shuffling their way across shingle and sandy beaches.
At the coast, mostly in the east. Shorelarks like to feed along the strandline or in dunes but sometimes also venture into nearby fields. Locations such as Holkham and Salthouse in Norfolk are regular sites.
From October until April, when birds start their migration back to their Scandinavian breeding grounds.
Seeds and small insects.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.