1. The lark is a small bird that reaches a size of only 17 cm, however, when in the air, to other birds, its size looks like it’s double because of it’s wingspan.
2. These small birds have a rather untidy and not very colourful appearance, but they have a beautiful song. No matter how tired, the Crested Lark will always be able to sing, emitting a variety of complex, yet beautiful sounds.
3. Larks don’t “fly solo,” but they wouldn’t necessarily be part of a “herd mentality” either. They hunt in groups of 4 to 5 and then return to the nests of their own little families until the next hunt.
4. The lark has a crest on its head that rises whenever it is threatened by other birds or aroused by another lark. Unlike other species these crests are not restricted to just the males, the female larks also possess crest and often use them with a song and dance to attract male larks. There are many variations of larks, however, between the males and females of their own type, the markings are very similar, consisting of greys and browns, making it possible for either of them to hunt, camouflage or protect in the same way.
5. In the spring, the female builds a nest on the ground and lays 2-4 eggs, which are then incubated for 12-14 days. The male keeps the territory safe of predators and rivals. If another Crested Lark enters the territory, the male tries to daze them with a loud song.
6. Unlike other birds, larks have large back talons. This assist them in standing as “ground birds.” They don’t rest in trees often, so the back talon helps them keep their balance. It was believed before that the talon was used in fighting, but that is seldom the case. It seems their beaks and songs are the main weapons of choice in any altercation.
7. Larks do not fly south for the winter, they endure the harsh temperature and eat a steady diet of frozen grass, while most of the bugs are underground at that time.
8. The second definition of lark: To engage in spirited fun or merry pranks.
9. The lark in mythology and literature stands for daybreak, as in Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale", "the bisy larke, mesager of day".
10. Traditionally larks are kept as pets in China. In Beijing, larks are taught to mimick the voice of other songbirds and animals. It is an old-fashioned habit of the Beijingers to teach their larks 13 kinds of sounds in a strict order (called "the 13 songs of a lark"). The larks that can sing the full 13 sounds in the correct order are highly valued, while any disruption in the songs will decrease its value significantly
ONE MORE REALLY COOL THING - A group of larks is called and "exaltation."