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Birds of Yosemite National Park (1954, 1963) by Cyril A. Stebbins and Robert C. Stebbins


LARKS: Family Alaudidae

HORNED LARK
HORNED LARK
HORNED LARK (Eremophila alpestris): 7-8 in. Upper parts mottled with gray and pinkish-brown; forehead yellowish; black bar on each side of crown continuing back to include two hornlike tufts of feathers, one on each side of head, inconspicuous or wanting in winter; tail black with narrow edge of white on outer tail feathers; throat yellow; black crescent on breast; black bars on face. Female: Similar but smaller and colors duller.

Frequents open level or gently rolling country where there may be few or no trees, such as short-grass prairies, desert flats, mountain meadows, and fallow fields. R. in the Lower and Upper Sonoran life zones. In the Yosemite region may be seen at lower elevations to the west and in summer on high mountain meadows. Occasionally seen in Yosemite Valley. Seen on fenceposts in the foothill grasslands along State Highway 140.



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