Horned Lark

(Eremophila alpestris)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding


not listed


Common to abundant migrant and breeder


Open lands without trees: prairies, agricultural fields, weedy meadows, airports


7 to 7¼ in length

12 wingspan












Mid-January to late November





Passeriformes (perching birds)






Alaudidae (larks)

Subordinate Taxa

Balkan Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris balcanica)

California Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris actia)

Desert Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris leucolaema)

Dusky Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris merrilli)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris aphrasta)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris argalea)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris chrysolaema)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris diaphora)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris elwesi)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris khamensis)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris kumerloevei)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris lactea)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris nigrifrons)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris oaxacae)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris peregrina)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris przewalskii)

Hoyt’s Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris hoyti)

Island Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris insularis)

Lebanon Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris bicornis)

Long-billed Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris longirostris)

Magdalena Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris enertera)

Mohave Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris ammophila)

Montezuma Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris occidentalis)

Moroccan Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris atlas)

Northern American Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris alpestris)

Oregon Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris lamprochroma)

Pallid Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris arcticola)

Pamir Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris albigula)

Prairie Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris praticola)

Przewalski’s Lark (Eremophila alpestris teleschowi)

Ruddy Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris rubea)

Saskatchewan Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris enthymia)

Scorched Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris adusta)

Shore Lark (Eremophila alpestris flava)

Sierra Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris sierrae)

Sonora Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris leucansiptila)

Southern Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris penicillata)

St. Helens Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris alpina)

Steppe Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris brandti)

Streaked Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata)

Texas Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris giraudi)

Utah Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris utahensis)


Chionophila alpestris

Otocorys alpestris











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  Prairie Life: Sod's Songster
Carl Barrentine

Published on Apr 7, 2013

A male Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) sings from a clump of sod. Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (07 April 2013).

  Horned Lark Video Portrait
Lang Elliott

Uploaded on May 12, 2010

A video portrait of a singing Horned Lark, gathered just before sunset near Columbia, Missouri at the University's Bradford Farm Experimental Station. The male has a high-pitched tinkling song that cascades to a jumble at the end. At the end of the video, the male sings a more complex, extended song that goes on for nearly ten seconds before ending with the typical jumble.

© 2010 Lang Elliott

  Horned Lark
Ricky L Jones

Published on Feb 1, 2016

Horned Lark

Horicon Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Wisconsin

Unlike most other larks, this is a distinctive-looking species on the ground, mainly brown-grey above and pale below, with a striking black and yellow face pattern. Except for the central feathers, the tail is mostly black, contrasting with the paler body; this contrast is especially noticeable when the bird is in flight. The summer male has black "horns", which give this species its American name. America has a number of races distinguished by the face pattern and back colour of males, especially in summer. The southern European mountain race Eremophila alpestris penicillata is greyer above, and the yellow of the face pattern is replaced with white.

Vocalizations are high-pitched, lisping or tinkling, and weak. The song, given in flight as is common among larks, consists of a few chips followed by a warbling, ascending trill.


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  Horned Lark calling

Published on Oct 13, 2015

Recorded at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Los Fresnos, Texas 2015-06-06

Eremophila alpestris,

Alondra Cornuda, (Spanish).

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  Horned Lark
Scott Ramos

Published on Jan 19, 2016

Several dozen Horned Lark and Snow Buntings were foraging around a large feedlot on Cameron Lake Road.





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