Alauda arvensis | Eurasian skylark

Introduced

Other Names: common skylark, Eurasian lark, European skylark, Northern skylark, skylark

The melodious Eurasian skylark was first introduced to Hawaiʻi in 1870 and were released on Hawaiʻi island in 1902. Mostly brown on top and paler below, the over seven-inch skylark looks relatively plain. It spends most of its time on the ground but during courtship the male will hover at about 200 feet up in the air singing to attract a female. Eurasian skylarks are often seen in higher elevation grassy areas on Hawaiʻi Island and can regularly be heard singing their courtship songs.