How to identify

A distinctive lark with yellow and black face markings and black 'horns' (feather tufts) in breeding plumage. They are usually only found on the coast. Numbers can 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 rare. Watch for them shuffling their way across shingle and sandy beaches.


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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