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