; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of small, grey-brown and buff birds, whose colours are adapted to resemble their environments. The five species of Galerida have conspicuous upright crests. Larks have long, sharp, hind claws that help them to walk and run rather than hop. Bush larks (26 species of Mirafra) are fast runners and clap their wings in their courtship flight. Larks are renowned for their song, delivered from a perch or in flight. They are seed and insect eaters. There are 15 genera, and 77 species, found in most of the Old World, Eremophila alpestris (shore lark or horned lark) being found also in N. America and Mexico.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.