Any of approximately 90 species of songbirds (family Alaudidae) found throughout the continental Old World. Only the horned, or shore, lark (Eremophila alpestris) is native to the New World. The bill may be small and narrowly conical or long and downward-curving, and the hind claw is long and sometimes straight. The plumage is plain or streaked and closely matches the soil in colour. Its body is 5–9 in. (13–23 cm) long. Flocks of larks forage for insects and seeds on the ground. All species have a high, thin, melodious voice. See alsoskylark.