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    Eurasian Skylark

    Alauda arvensis

    Information

    Poets have praised the Eurasian Skylark as the harbinger of spring and minstrel of the air due to its song - an endless flow of trilling and jubilant notes. A spring morning in open farmland, in which the air is filled with Skylark song, remains unforgettable. In song flight, the male climbs higher and higher in tighter and tighter circles, mostly up to 60 m. Then it more or less “hangs suspended” in one spot singing. Since it does not stop singing to breathe its song can last for five minutes or longer.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    regular, common breeder and migrant, scarce winter visitor
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    20'000 - 30'000 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    predominantly short-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    18-19
    wing span (cm)
    30-36
    Weight (g)
    33-45
    Nest site
    ground
    Food
    insects, seeds
    Group
    Larks
    Habitat
    farmland
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution