Adult Woodlark (subspecies L. a. arborea) at Thursley Common - April 2013
OTHER NAMES: Wood Lark
Featured Subspecies: Lullula arborea arborea
The Woodlark is one of the few UK bird species which is a heath specialist, and thus far rarer than it's most similar relations, the Skylark. It is however a much "stubbier" bird that the Skylark with a shorter body and tail without the notable crest of the skylark. The also have a different song to the iconic one of the skylark while still be "lark" enough to be identifiable as such. I heard this bird on my first visit to Thursley Common, but it wasn't until the second that I actually managed to catch sight of it.
Subspecies: L. a. arborea, L. a. pallida
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Scarce and local breeding species (3,100 pairs)
- Birds seen and heard at Thursley Common in April 2013.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, Arkive, BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List