Birds of Switzerland
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    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.

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    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
    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