Cotoliu Lullula arborea

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Brown and streaky with a short bushy crest; black-and-white mark at bend of wing diagnostic but difficult to see. Rather chunky, and shorter tailed than Eurasian Skylark. White tail corners evident in flight but lacks Skylark’s white outer tail feathers and white trailing edge to wings. Inhabits sandy heathland, old farmland, and clearings in mixed and coniferous woodland. Inconspicuous, rather shy, and easily overlooked, often not seen until flushed up from the ground. Like many larks, often best detected by voice: listen for its lovely song, an accelerating series of fluid notes. Call is a short and musical “tu’lee” or “tu’li’lee.”

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