Birds of Switzerland
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    Woodlark

    Lullula arborea

    Information

    The fluting song of the Woodlark is one of the most beautiful among wild birds and can be heard during the day as well as at night. The trilling or melancholic phrases that drop in pitch towards the end led to the Woodlark's scientific name Lullula and the French name “Alouette lulu”. The open and rather dry habitats interspersed with patchy vegetation, which it prefers, have become rare, and in many places its song can no longer be heard.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    regular, scarce breeder and migrant, rare, local 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)
    250 - 500 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    predominantly short-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    14-15
    wing span (cm)
    27-30
    Weight (g)
    24-36
    Nest site
    ground
    Food
    insects, seeds
    Group
    Larks
    Habitat
    farmland, rocky steppe
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution