How to identifyThe Woodlark is a streaky brown bird, with a beige-white eye-stripe, which meets across the nape (the back) of its neck. It has a well-developed crest (head feathers that stick up) on its crown, which is not always obvious. In flight the unusually short tail and broad, rounded wings are noticeable and its bobbing flight with closed wing-glides is characteristic.
Some UK breeding birds spend the winter on the continent. Woodlarks are listed under Schedule 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act, making it illegal to disturb them.
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.