Upper parts reddish brown; neck and breast reddish white with dusky spots.
A. arvensis, Temm. Man. d'Om. torn. I. p. 281. Sky-Lark, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Must. vol. I. p. 273. pl. 50. f. 1. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 213.
Entire length seven inches three lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) five lines and a half, (from the gape) eight lines; of the tarsus eleven lines and a half; of the hind toe, claw included, one inch one line and a half; of the tail two inches eight lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing four inches four lines: breadth, wings extended, thirteen inches six lines.
All the upper parts reddish brown, with a dusky spot in the middle of each feather; these colours palest on the nape, darkest on the head and upper part of the back: a whitish streak above the eyes; cheeks pale yellowish brown: throat yellowish white; fore part of the neck, and breast, tinged with reddish yellow, and spotted with blackish brown; sides with dark streaks of this last colour; middle of the abdomen white: quills edged externally with reddish; the secondaries notched at their extremities: outer tail-feathers with the tip and exterior web white; the two next simply edged with white: bill dusky; the base of the lower mandible yellowish: feet yellowish: hind claw nearly straight, longer than the toe. (Egg). Greenish white ground, spotted all over with darker green and ash-brown: long. diam. eleven lines; trans, diam. eight lines and a half.
An abundant, and widely dispersed species. Frequents open country, more especially arable and cultivated lands. Sings in its ascent, and also whilst suspended at a height in the air. Commences its song, in the middle of Summer, as early as two a. m. Breeds in May. Nest placed on the ground; composed of stalks and dry grasses, and lined with the finer blades. Eggs four or five in number. Occasionally two broods in the season. Congregates in large flocks during the Winter.