horned lark (Eremophila alpestris)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 6.5 inches
Black mask, horns and breastband
White or yellow supercilium
White or yellow throat
Black tail with white outer tail feathers
Juvenile is duller, lacks horns
Inhabits open areas with short or sparse vegeation
Often found in large flocks
The face pattern of the horned lark is quite different from other field-
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Grassland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 11-12 days
Days to Fledge: 9-12
Number of Broods: 1 in north, 2(3?) in south
Diet: Primarily seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May Acc
Su - Summer: June, July, August Acc
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley