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


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

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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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