Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

(A. a. armenicus, A. a. cantarella)

Armenian Name: Դաշտային արտույտ
Eurasian Skylark

See Plate 39 for Eurasian Skylark and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:18-19 cm, Wing Span:30-36 cm
Distribution Map: Map 209.
Description: Brown lark with short crest, and white outertail and trailing edge of wing. A. a. armenicus is orange-brown above with dark streaks and pale feather edges; A. a. cantarella is duller and grayer.
Similar Species: Differs from all other larks by combination of short crest and white outertail and trailing edge of wing.
Behavior: Long high display-flight with highly variable song.
Habitat: Steppe, alpine meadow, semidesert.
Food: Seeds, invertebrates.
Nest: Grass-lined ground scrape.
Eggs: 23 mm, 3-5, off-white, brown spots.