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Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) at Sultanpur I Picture 118.jpg
Crested lark (Galerida cristata)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Galerida
F. Boie, 1828
Type species
Alauda cristata
Linnaeus, 1758

See text

  • Calendula
  • Galerita
  • Heliocorys
  • Ptilocorys

Galerida is a genus of birds in the family Alaudidae. The current scientific name is derived from Latin. Galerida was the name for a lark with a crest, from galerum, "cap".[1] The name Galerida is synonymous with the earlier genus names Calendula, Heliocorys and Ptilocorys.[2]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The genus Galerida was established by the German zoologist Friedrich Boie in 1828.[3] The type species was subsequently designated as the crested lark.[4]

Extant species[edit]

The genus contains seven species:[5]

Extinct species[edit]

There are at least two fossil species which are included in this genus:

Former species[edit]

Formerly, some authorities also considered the following species (or subspecies) as species within the genus Galerida:


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  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010-06-30). Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408133262.
  3. ^ Boie, Friedrich (1828). "Galerida". Isis von Oken (in German). 21. Col 321.
  4. ^ Mayr, Ernst; Greenway, James C. Jr, eds. (1960). Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 9. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 55.
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Nicators, reedling, larks". World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ Boev, Zlatozar (2012). "Neogene Larks (Aves: Alaudidae (Vigors, 1825)) from Bulgaria" (PDF). Acta Zoologica Bulgarica. 64 (3): 295–318.
  7. ^ Kessler, E (2013). "Neogene songbirds (Aves, Passeriformes) from Hungary". Hantkeniana. 8: 37–149.
  8. ^ "Spizocorys fremantlii - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  9. ^ "Eremalauda dunni - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-19.