A resident bird of Cyprus and the Akamas peninsula. It’s quite common, well known by the public and widespread from the coastal areas up to the semi-mountainous zone. It occurs in open areas, mainly agricultural, in bushy, barren or uncultivated land with low vegetation and grass, even inside towns (unbuilt land, parking sites etc.).
A ground dwelling species of the lark family, usually seen walking on the ground, looking for food, or sitting on a rock or short bush and singing. It flies when feels a threat. It’s usually in pairs or small groups. It frequents the roadsides, often flying the last moment before a vehicle approaches at a close range.
It nests on the ground, relying on the nest’s and eggs’ excellent camouflage, as well as that of the chicks. Its food is mainly of plant origin (seeds, leaves etc.) but also of animal origin (various insect species), especially during the breeding season. It’s slightly bigger than a house sparrow, with sandy colors on the upperparts, a whitish breast with short black lines. It has a big, characteristic crest, usually kept half or fully risen, but can be retracted and not be visible at all.