Scientific name: Alauda arvensis
Nature Stars: 40
About: A common bird of farmland, grassland, moorland and salt marshes. Nests on the ground, but famously sings while in flight, hovering high up while singing a long, complicated, beautiful song. Will also sing from perches such as fenceposts or large rocks. S
How to identify: If seen singing, unmistakeable. Larger, with a longer tail than the Wood Lark, a rare bird of heathland and woodland edge in south east England. Much larger than Meadow Pipit, which has a thinner bill and no crest. Skylark has a thinner bill thank Corn Bu
Fantastic fact: The Skylark has declined in recent years, probably as a result of changes in agriculture. The total population has fallen by more than half since the 1980s.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc