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Shanghai, China
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Passeriformes > Alaudidae

Oriental Skylark

Alauda gulgula

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Identification

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Plain streaky brown lark with a triangular crest. Crest more substantial and not wispy like that of Crested Lark. Combination of longish bill and crest distinguish this species from the short-toed larks. Best separated from the extremely similar Eurasian Skylark in flight; pay attention to the white outertail feathers and the bright white back edge to the wings visible on the Eurasian Skylarks in flight. At rest they are far more difficult to distinguish, but note Oriental Skylark on average has shorter primary projection and a longer bill, though some birds may be best left unidentified. Forages in fields, pastures, and meadows; often in flocks. Songflight is a series of warbling and buzzing notes, typically given from high above the ground. Call is a short wet buzzing trill; compare with the more melodic-sounding chirrup of Eurasian Skylark.

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