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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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Dr Elodie Briefer, a postdoctoral researcher at Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and her colleagues at the University of Paris South found that skylark neighbours are tolerated if they stay in their own territory, whereas strangers - skylarks who belong to another neighbourhood - are attacked if they intrude too close to the nest.
Dr Peter Robertson, the RSPB's conservation manager for northern England, said: "It's a mixed story for Yorkshire, but the increases in farmlands birds like lapwing and skylark are extremely welcome as across the UK these birds are declining markedly.
When summer sun is high and warm, the weeding done, the lawn is mown, I close my eyes and then in truth reclaim the skylarks of my youth.
Scientists believe that simply by leaving two small patches bare on each hectare the drop in skylark numbers could be reversed.
Researchers worry that because skylarks feed on weed seeds, such aggressive weed killing could starve the birds.
The society members found only 71 breeding grounds for skylarks compared with 211 in the previous survey.
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It is brilliant news that skylarks can once again be heard singing over the meadow at Wardley.
The increase in birds of prey, foxes and especially badgers, are decimating skylark numbers so hopefully the Welsh Assembly will go ahead with a badger cull.
Vitalise Skylarks, a respite care centre in Nottingham run by national disability charity Vitalise, welcomes hundreds of disabled people and carers.
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Other farmland species in decline, such as skylarks, yellowhammers, lapwings and barn owls, could be "devastated" if fallow land which provides food and shelter for birds is cultivated, the charity said.