Crested Lark
Crested Lark
Crested Lark
Scientific Name 
Galerida cristata
Arabic Name 
القبرة الشائعة
Kuwaiti name 
17.0 cm
Least Concern


Very common resident; breeds in Kuwait. One of our most widespread roadside birds. Its clear whistling song is characteristic of the desert fringe, coasts and agricultural land.
Where in Kuwait 
The most common Lark species in Kuwait that can be found all year round in a variety of desert and coastal habitats.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a population is estimated to be in decline following regional declines in recent decades, probably owing to habitat loss and degradation. It breeds across most of temperate Eurasia from Portugal to northeast China and eastern India, and in Africa south to Niger. It is non-migratory and generally sedentary. Francis of Assisi considered the Crested Lark a bird of special significance, based on similarities he perceived between it and the life of the Friars Minor: its plain earth-colored plumage and hood, its humility ("for it goes willingly along the wayside and finds a grain of corn for itself"), and its time spent in song.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation