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skylark,

common name for a passerine songbird (Alauda arvensis) famous for the soaring, melodious flight of the courting male. Found in Europe (except in the Mediterranean area), it is 7 1-4 in. (18.2 cm) long, brown streaked with black above, and streaked buff-white below. Skylarks were a table delicacy in Europe. Attempts to introduce the bird into North America have failed, except on Vancouver Island. Skylarks are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Alaudidae.

skylark

1. an Old World lark, Alauda arvensis, noted for singing while hovering at a great height
2. any of various Australian larks
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The Skylarkers were established in a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in 1999.
He now contributes both on stage and back stage in different ways to the Skylarkers and other local amateur music theatre groups.
Valerie took the opportunity to join the Skylarkers but always describes herself in comparison to her husband who she considers far more musically able.
This was the point at which she joined the Skylarkers.
At the time of interview, Ethel has been the fourth music director of the Skylarkers for a year.
The Skylarkers began as a formal choir but now see themselves as entertainers.
She noted that audience members may enter hunched over their Zimmer frames but by the end of the show "some of them will be straight" Ethel has the group capitalise on this enthusiasm and, after the last song, the Skylarkers go down into the audience to meet people, when they "talk to them, and touch them and they just respond.
We're all standing there with tears rolling down our faces" The performances of the Skylarkers provoke nostalgic reactions in their audiences.
The Skylarkers find personal, musical and social fulfilment in their membership of the ensemble.