Horned Lark

About the Horned Lark

Also known as: Shorelark, Shore Lark, Lark

The Horned Lark is a medium-sized songbird that lives across parts of North America and northern parts of Europe and Asia. They are called Shore Lark by English-speakers in Europe.

Horned Larks are named for a pair of black feather head tufts which appear on breeding males that resemble little horns. They have tan-brown backs and whiteish underparts. The face is a striking pattern of black, white, and yellow.

Horned Larks live in open grasslands and feed on seeds and other vegetation. Baby birds are fed insects as they grow. Horned Larks are ground nesters, weaving a cup out of grass and plant material into a ground depression.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 November 2012
Scientific Name
Eremophila alpestris
  • Passeriformes
  • Alaudidae
  • Eremophila
  • E. alpestris
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 27 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.3 to 7.9 inches
11.8 to 13.4 inches
1 to 1.7 ounces

Range

International Names

Chinese 角百灵
Czech skřivan ouškatý
Danish Bjerglærke
Dutch Strand leeuwerik
Finnish tunturikiuru
French Alouette hausse-col
German Ohrenlerche
Italian Allodola golagialla
Japanese ハマヒバリ [hamahibari]
Norwegian Fjellerke
Polish górniczek
Russian Рюм
Spanish Alondra Cornuda
Swedish Berglärka
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