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Crested Lark

Galerida cristata
CRESTED LARK

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Nelson Conceição, Xeno-canto

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Key information: The Crested Lark is a common bird of Cyprus that can be found in open farmland as well as inhabited areas. It has a distinctive spiky crest and a longish bill that has a slight downwards curve. It breeds in open areas with little or no vegetation. It is often seen on the ground, where it searches for food. It has a sweet and distinctive call that consists of 2 – 4 whistling notes.

Length: 17 – 19 cm

Habitat: Scrub and bushes, farmland

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds

In Cyprus: Can be seen in all lowland areas of Cyprus

Status: Resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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