Crested Lark

      Galerida cristata

      Information

      In Central Europe, the Crested Lark has adapted to life in close proximity to humans and depends on steppe-like habitats such as railway and industrial areas, roadsides and urban peripheries. To begin with, it benefitted by the newly formed breeding habitats in towns, however, with an increase in built-up areas and sealing of areas rich in wild herbs and insects, the Crested Lark disappeared once more. Nowadays there is less horse manure and a massive use of fertilizers and pesticides which also greatly diminish their food resource.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      local, rare resident until 1989, irregular 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)
      0 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      17-19
      wing span (cm)
      30-35
      Weight (g)
      35-45
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      insects, seeds
      Group
      Larks
      Habitat
      various open habitats