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Conservation status: Red

The skylark is a small brown bird, somewhat larger than a sparrow but smaller than a starling. It is streaky brown with a small crest, which can be raised when the bird is excited or alarmed, and a white-sided tail. The wings also have a white rear edge, visible in flight. It is renowned for its display flight, vertically up in the air. Its recent and dramatic population declines make it a Red List species.



Latin name

Alauda arvensis


Larks (Alaudidae)

Where to see them

Found everywhere in the UK. Likes open countryside, from lowland farmland to upland moorland. Often inconspicuous on the ground, it is easy to see when in its distinctive song flight.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Seeds and insects


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
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Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto