Alaudidae – Larks

Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula) by Nikhil Devasar

Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula) by Nikhil Devasar

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Alaudidae – Larks

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Species (98)

Greater Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Alaemon alaudipes boavistae) IBC
____ (Alaemon alaudipes doriae) OBI
Lesser Hoopoe-Lark (Alaemon hamertoni) IBC
Beesley’s Lark (Chersomanes beesleyi) IBC
Spike-heeled Lark (Chersomanes albofasciata) ©WikiC
____ (Chersomanes albofasciata kalahariae) IBC
____ (Chersomanes albofasciata boweni) IBC
____ (Chersomanes albofasciata alticola) IBC
____ (Chersomanes albofasciata garrula) by BirdPhotos
Gray’s Lark (Ammomanopsis grayi) ©WikiC
____ (Ammomanopsis grayi hoeschi) IBC
____ (Ammomanopsis grayi grayi) IBC
Short-clawed Lark (Certhilauda chuana) ©Drawing WikiC
Karoo Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda subcoronata) ©WikiC
____ (Certhilauda subcoronata damarensis) IBC
____ (Certhilauda subcoronata subcoronata) IBC
____ (Certhilauda subcoronata gilli) IBC
Benguela Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda benguelensis) ©WikiC
Eastern Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda semitorquata) ©WikiC
Cape Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda curvirostris) ©Drawing WikiC
Agulhas Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda brevirostris) ©WikiC
Dusky Lark (Pinarocorys nigricans) ©WikiC
____ (Pinarocorys nigricans nigricans) IBC
Rufous-rumped Lark (Pinarocorys erythropygia) ©Drawing WikiC
Thick-billed Lark (Ramphocoris clotbey) ©WikiC
Desert Lark (Ammomanes deserti) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Ammomanes deserti phoenicuroides) OBI
Bar-tailed Lark (Ammomanes cinctura) ©Drawing WikiC – Video
Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Ammomanes phoenicura phoenicura) OBI
____ (Ammomanes phoenicura testacea) OBI
Black-eared Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix australis) ©WikiC
Madagascan Lark (Eremopterix hova) ©WikiC
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) ©WikiC
____ (Eremopterix nigriceps affinis) OBI
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix leucotis) ©WikiC
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix griseus) ©WikiC
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix signatus) IBC – Drawing
Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix verticalis) ©WikiC
Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix leucopareia) ©WikiC
Sabota Lark (Calendulauda sabota) ©WikiC
____ (Calendulauda sabota waibeli) IBC
____ (Calendulauda sabota sabotoides) IBC
Pink-breasted Lark (Calendulauda poecilosterna) ©WikiC
Foxy Lark (Calendulauda alopex) IBC
____ (Calendulauda alopex intercedens) IBC
Fawn-colored Lark (Calendulauda africanoides) ©WikiC
____ (Calendulauda africanoides africanoides) IBC
Karoo Lark (Calendulauda albescens) IBC
____ (Calendulauda albescens codea) IBC
Red Lark (Calendulauda burra) ©WikiC
Dune Lark (Calendulauda erythrochlamys) ©WikiC
Barlow’s Lark (Calendulauda barlowi) IBC
Rudd’s Lark (Heteromirafra ruddi) IBC
Archer’s Lark (Heteromirafra archeri) Rockjumperbirding – Drawing Species
Eastern Clapper Lark (Mirafra fasciolata) ©WikiC
Cape Clapper Lark (Mirafra apiata) ©WikiC
____ (Mirafra apiata apiata) IBC
Red-winged Lark (Mirafra hypermetra) IBC
____ (Mirafra hypermetra gallarum) IBC
____ (Mirafra hypermetra hypermetra) IBC
Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana) ©WikiC
____ (Mirafra africana tropicalis) by BirdPhotos
Flappet Lark (Mirafra rufocinnamomea) ©WikiC
____ (Mirafra rufocinnamomea buckleyi) IBC
Angolan Lark (Mirafra angolensis) IBC
____ (Mirafra angolensis angolensis) IBC
Williams’s Lark (Mirafra williamsi) IBC
Monotonous Lark (Mirafra passerina) ©WikiC
Melodious Lark (Mirafra cheniana) by BirdPhotos – Drawing ©WikiC
Horsfield’s Bush Lark (Mirafra javanica) ©WikiC
____ (Mirafra javanica williamsoni) OBI
____ (Mirafra javanica philippinensis) OBI
____ (Mirafra javanica timorensis) OBI
Singing Bush Lark (Mirafra cantillans) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Mirafra cantillans chadensis) IBC
____ (Mirafra cantillans cantillans) OBI
Burmese Bush Lark (Mirafra microptera) OBI
Bengal Bush Lark (Mirafra assamica) ©WikiC
Indochinese Bush Lark (Mirafra erythrocephala) by BirdPhotos
Indian Bush Lark (Mirafra erythroptera) by Nikhil Devasar
Jerdon’s Bush Lark (Mirafra affinis) OBI
Gillett’s Lark (Mirafra gilletti) ©Drawing WikiC
Rusty Bush Lark (Mirafra rufa) Drawing CollinsBirds
Collared Lark (Mirafra collaris) IBC
Ash’s Lark (Mirafra ashi) Drawing CollinsBirds
Somali Lark (Mirafra somalica) IBC – Drawing WikiC
____ (Mirafra somalica somalica) IBC
Friedmann’s Lark (Mirafra pulpa) IBC
Kordofan Lark (Mirafra cordofanica) ©Drawing WikiC
White-tailed Lark (Mirafra albicauda) IBC
Woodlark (Lullula arborea) ©WikiC
Obbia Lark (Spizocorys obbiensis) Drawing CollinsBirds
Sclater’s Lark (Spizocorys sclateri) IBC
Stark’s Lark (Spizocorys starki) ©WikiC
Short-tailed Lark (Spizocorys fremantlii) ©WikiC
Masked Lark (Spizocorys personata) IBC – Specimen
Botha’s Lark (Spizocorys fringillaris) IBC
Pink-billed Lark (Spizocorys conirostris) IBC
____ (Spizocorys conirostris damarensis)
White-winged Lark (Alauda leucoptera) OBI *****
Raso Lark (Alauda razae) ©WikiC
Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula)by Nikhil Devasar
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) ©WikiC
____ (Alauda arvensis japonica) OBI
Sykes’s Lark (Galerida deva) by Nikhil Devasar
Sun Lark (Galerida modesta) IBC
____ (Galerida modesta struempelli) IBC
Large-billed Lark (Galerida magnirostris) ©WikiC
Thekla’s Lark (Galerida theklae) ©WikiC
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) by Ian
____ (Galerida cristata magna) OBI
____ (Galerida cristata coreensis) OBI
____ (Galerida cristata chendoola) OBI
Malabar Lark (Galerida malabarica) ©WikiC
Maghreb Lark (Galerida macrorhyncha) Oiseaux
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Eremophila alpestris longirostris) OBI
____ (Eremophila alpestris elwesi) OBI
Temminck’s Lark (Eremophila bilopha) IBC – Drawing WikiC
Hume’s Short-toed Lark (Calandrella acutirostris) by Nikhil Devasar
Mongolian Short-toed Lark (Calandrella dukhunensis)
Erlanger’s Lark (Calandrella erlangeri) IBC
Blanford’s Lark (Calandrella blanfordi)
Red-capped Lark (Calandrella cinerea) ©WikiC
Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla) by Nikhil Devasar
Bimaculated Lark (Melanocorypha bimaculata) by Nikhil Devasar
____ (Melanocorypha bimaculata torquata) OBI
Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra) IBC
____ (Melanocorypha calandra calandra) IBC
Black Lark (Melanocorypha yeltoniensis) OBI
Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica) OBI
Tibetan Lark (Melanocorypha maxima) by Nikhil Devasar
Dupont’s Lark (Chersophilus duponti) IBC – Drawing
____ (Chersophilus duponti duponti) IBC
Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni) IBC Video
____ (Eremalauda dunni dunni) IBC
Athi Short-toed Lark (Alaudala athensis) IBC
Asian Short-toed Lark (Alaudala cheleensis) ©WikiC
____ (Alaudala cheleensis cheleensis) OBI
Somali Short-toed Lark (Alaudala somalica) IBC – Drawing WikiC
Lesser Short-toed Lark (Alaudala rufescens) ©WikiC
Sand Lark (Alaudala raytal) by Nikhil Devasar


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Larks are passerine birds of the family Alaudidae. All species occur in the Old World, and in northern and eastern Australia. Only one, the Horned Lark, is native to North America. Habitats vary widely, but many species live in dry regions.

They have more elaborate calls than most birds, and often extravagant songs given in display flight (Kikkawa 2003). These melodious sounds (to human ears), combined with a willingness to expand into anthropogenic habitats — as long as these are not too intensively managed — have ensured larks a prominent place in literature and music, especially the Eurasian Skylark in northern Europe and the Crested Lark and Calandra Lark in southern Europe.

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