The woodlark or wood lark (Lullula arborea) is the only extant species in the lark genus Lullula. It is mainly brown above and pale below, but with a distinctive white superciliar meeting on the nape. It has a crest which is quite small and at most times inconspicuous. A songbird, the woodlark has a melodious, warbling song often described onomatopoeically as a lu-lu-lu which gives it its scientific name. The woodlark is found across most of Europe, the Middle East, western Asia and the mountains of north Africa. In Europe, the bird seems most at home in sandy heaths. There are two subspecies of woodlark – Northern woodlark (Lullula arborea arborea), found from northern, western and central Europe to western Russia and Ukraine, and Southern woodlark (Lullula arborea pallida) - found from southern Europe and north-western Africa through the Middle East to Iran and Turkmenistan, Crimea and Caucasus.
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