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(Common) Skylark
Alauda arvensis
Size: 17-18cm
UK Status: very common resident breader

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Largish lark, mainly streaked dull brownish-grey with streaked buff breast and plain white underbelly. Male has small crest (sometimes flattened). Best identified by long warbling song which is delivered in towering flight. Often difficult to locate due to being so high in the air! Different from Woodlark in that Skylark has white edges to either side of tail. Generally larger than pipits. Breeds throughout UK (doesn't winter in far North), in open meadows and heathland.

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