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Eurasian skylark (Alauda arvensis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Alauda
Linnaeus, 1758
  • A. arvensis
  • A. gulgula
  • A. razae

Alauda is a genus of larks with four species found across much of Europe, Asia and in the mountains of north Africa, and one species (the Raso lark) endemic to the islet of Raso in the Cape Verde Islands. The current genus name is from Latin alauda, "lark". Pliny the Elder thought the word was originally of Celtic origin.[1]

Species in taxonomic order[edit]

Fossil record[edit]

  • Alauda xerarvensis (late Pliocene of Varshets, Bulgaria)[2]
  • Alauda tivadari (late Miocene of Polgardi, Hungary)[3]


  1. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  2. ^ Boev, Z. 2012. Neogene Larks (Aves: Alaudidae (Vigors, 1825)) from Bulgaria - Acta zoologica bulgarica, 64 (3), 2012: 295-318.
  3. ^ Kessler, E. 2013. Neogene songbirds (Aves, Passeriformes) from Hungary. – Hantkeniana, Budapest, 2013, 8: 37-149.