Larks

(Alaudidae)

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Alaudidae

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Small, highly terrestrial passeriforms with usually cryptic plumage; well known for continuous song and spectacular aerial songdisplay of males in most species

Size

Number of genera, species

15 genera; 78 species

Habitat

Open landscape, grassland, steppes, arid and semiarid habitats, wastelands, and cultivated fields

Conservation status

Endangered: 2 species; Critical: 2 species; Vulnerable: 4 species; Near Threatened: 3 species

Distribution

Africa, Europe, and Asia; one species through Wallacea to Australia, one species in North America with local population in South America

Distribution

Africa, Europe, and Asia; one species through Wallacea to Australia, one species in North America with local population in South America

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