Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Horned Lark

Horned Larks are holarctic species. They are found around the northern hemisphere.  In Europe, they are called Shorelarks. Americans name them for their occipital feather tufts, which are a group of feathers on either sides of the crown. These can be raised or lowered. The horns are usually erect in males. This bird is common in North America in open country, although stheir scientific name, Alauda alpestris, means “Lark of the Mountains.”

I found this Horned Lark on the roadside just west of Dundas, Minnesota, on 26 February. It was in a flock of about two dozen birds. I performed a U-turn to take this photo. Then I discovered that about half the flock was composed of Lapland Longspurs. Tomorrow I will post longspur photos.

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