Eurasian Skylark

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Scientific Name: Alauda arvensis
Malay Name: Seriayu Erasia
Chinese Name: 云雀

Breeding Range: (EU) widespread Nonbreeding Range: n AF

Polytypic. Subspecies are: arvensis, sierrae, harterti, cantarella, armenica, dulcivox, kiborti, intermedia, pekinensis, lonnbergi, japonica.

Size: 16 – 19 cm

Sparrow-like songbird, with heavily streaked brownish upperparts, short crest. Face unstreaked with pale supercilium, dark ear coverts. Dark streaks across breast, pale underparts with faintly streaked flanks.

Habitat: Grasslands

Behaviour/Ecology: Runs on ground in a mouse-like fashion.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

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BirdLife International. (2018). Alauda arvensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 1 January 2023