Upper parts reddish brown: neck and breast yellowish white, with dusky spots: a distinct yellowish white band above the eyes, reaching from the bill to the occiput.

A. arborea, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 282. Wood-Lark, Mont. Orn. Did. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 276. pl. 5,0. f. 2. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 222.

Dimensions

Entire length six inches five lines: breadth, wings extended, twelve inches six lines.

Description

Distinguished from the last species, by its somewhat smaller size, shorter tail, and very distinct yellowish white streak passing from the bill above the eyes and reaching nearly to the occiput. Upper plumage light reddish brown, with dusky spots: crown-feathers long, and capable of erection: ear-coverts pale brown; cheeks yellowish white: neck and breast yellowish white, with longitudinal dusky spots; belly dirty white: quills dusky, slightly edged with brown; wing-coverts tipped with white: the two middle tail-feathers brown; the next two dusky; the others black, with white tips; the outermost of all white ou the exterior web: bill brownish black; the base of the lower mandible yellowish white: feet llesh-colour, tinged with yellowish brown; hind claw very long, and nearly straight. (Egg). Light greenish brown ground, mottled with darker brown, with a few dusky streaks at the larger end: long. diam. ten lines; trans, diam. seven lines.

Much less generally distributed than the last species: not uncommon in the southern and western parts of England, but rare in the eastern. Habits similar to those of the Sky-Lark. Sings at a great height in the air, flying round and round in large irregular circles. In song nearly the whole year. Nest on the ground, constructed principally of dry grasses, and lined with a few hairs. Breeds very early in the season. Does not congregate in Winter.