Crested Lark Galerida cristata   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Alaudidae
BTO Codes: , CRELA EURING No: 9720
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 3 Concern, most not in Europe; Depleted
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: cristata recorded in Britain (of 35 subsp. in the world)
Length: 17 cm Wingspan: 34 cm Weight: M/F: 46 g    
Scientific name from: L.: galeritus=crested lark and L.: crista=crest
World Distribution: e Europe, w& c Asia, Africa
Habitat: Dry open country
Diet: Seeds, leaves and insects (esp beetles), from ground surface or by digging
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Records and Distribution

First Record: West Sussex, pre-1845 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 7 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Shetland (1952),
   North-east England: East Yorkshire (1972),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Suffolk (1996),
   South-east England: Kent (1975), Greater London (1947), Surrey (1947), East Sussex (1881), West Sussex (1863),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1965), Devon (1958), Somerset (1972),
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1982),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Ehedydd Copog
Danish: Toplærke Dutch: Kuifleeuwerik
Finnish: Työhtökiuru French: Cochevis huppé
German: Haubenlerche Hungarian: Búbos pacsirta
Icelandic: Topplævirki Irish:
Italian: Cappellaccia Norwegian: Topplerke
Polish: Dzierlatka zwyczajna Portuguese: Cotovia-de-poupa
Spanish: Cogujada común Swedish: Tofslärka

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