horned lark


Definition of horned lark

: a brownish chiefly Holarctic lark (Eremophila alpestris of the family Alaudidae) that has small tufts of black feathers on top of the head

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Up to three singing male dickcissals and a pair of horned larks were at the Stanly County line. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Breeding Bird Survey yields 56 species over 25-mile route," 20 June 2018 Some bare-ground birds often seen on beaches in the winter, such as snowy owls and horned larks, are reported to be leaving. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings in Massachusetts," 21 Apr. 2018 DuBay and Fuldner studied five species: horned larks, red-headed woodpeckers, field sparrows, grasshopper sparrows and Eastern towhees. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "Soot caught in bird feathers shows how catastrophic air pollution can be," 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of horned lark

1888, in the meaning defined above

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