Story: Introduced land birds

Skylark feeding chicks

The trill of the skylark is a common sound in open areas of New Zealand, such as dunes or tussock grasslands. The female skylark builds the nest, but both parents feed the young. This adult skylark – at Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula – has a raised head crest, a sign of alertness.

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Photograph by Peter Morrison

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Christina Troup, 'Introduced land birds - Skylarks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015