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Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
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Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

General Description: Horned Larks (Eremophila alpestris) are small, sexually monomorphic, sparrow-like birds with black bandit mask, a yellow throat, and a black neck band. The tail is black with white edges. During the breeding season, adults have tufts of feathers that stick up above the ears -- the "horns" on a Horned Lark.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Alaudidae.

Residency: Winter visitor.

Favored Habitat: Old fields, road sides, and open deserts.

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Where to Find: Along desert roads during winter.

Comments:

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) If you were a tasty bug or a little seed, you'd better hope you never see this face!
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Horned Lark on the lawn at Miller's Rest Area
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Horned Larks prefer open flatland habitats
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This young bird shows the field marks (black mask, yellow throat, black collar), although they are a bit dull. This bird was found dead after a particularly cold winter night.
Horned Lark
A flock of sparrow-sized birds with black tails and white outer tail feathers is often the only thing you see when these birds fly up from along the edge of a road.
Horned Lark
notice the unusually heavy streaking on the front, perhaps remnants of the briefly held juvenile plumage.
more to come ...

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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