skylark

skylark, common name for a passerine songbird ( Alauda arvensis ) famous for the soaring, melodious flight of the courting male. Found in Europe (except in the Mediterranean area), it is 7   1⁄4 in. (18.2 cm) long, brown streaked with black above, and streaked buff-white below. Skylarks were a table delicacy in Europe. Attempts to introduce the bird into North America have failed, except on Vancouver Island. Skylarks are classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Alaudidae.

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