Shore Lark - Eremophila alpestris

Alternative names
Horned Lark

A striking bird somewhat larger than a sparrow (14 to 17cm), the Shore Lark is most easily identified by its black face patches and breast stripe, yellow throat and forehead, and black “horn-shaped” feather tufts on its head. Other field marks include a brown body, pale breast, and black underside to the tail. Male and female Shore Larks are similar to one another in all seasons, although females have slightly duller plumage. 

Identification difficulty

Shore larks like to feed along the strandline or in dunes but sometimes also venture into nearby fields.

When to see it

An occasional winter visitor to Britain.

Life History

This species primarily eats seeds, but may eat insects when they are available, particularly in the warmer months and during migration.

UK Status

British visitors are usually seen at coastal locations, mostly in the east. UK conservation status: Amber.

VC55 Status

Rarely seen in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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