One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widespread lark of open country, especially the Arctic and mountains, the male having a black and white head pattern and two small black hornlike crests.
Genus Eremophila, family Alaudidae: two species, in particular E. alpestris. British name: shorelarkBritish term shorelark
- ‘Migrating birds can be seen as early as January, when horned larks arrive, followed by waterfowl in February and March.’
- ‘They are a bit bigger and plumper than a horned lark and they have a funny little crest on their head that always seems to be sticking straight up.’
- ‘The longest living known individuals are an 8 year, 5 month old skylark and a 7 year 11 month old horned lark.’
- ‘I hadn't gone much farther when I found the horned larks that Bill said would be in the freshly manured field along the same road.’
- ‘Out of sight a bird called, an early arrival, perhaps a horned lark.’
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