A resident bird of Cyprus and the Akamas. It’s a quite localized species, mainly in semi-mountainous and mountainous areas. It is found in specific habitat types, mainly in sparse, young pine forests, sparsely wooded areas and mountainous shrubland.
In winter it can be seen even at sea level. It’s usually in pairs or small groups, especially in winter. It is a terrestrial species that reproduces on the ground. It often sings on top of bushes or low trees.
Its food is mainly of plant origin (seeds, leaves, etc.) but also of animal origin (various types of insects), mainly during the breeding season. Its size is smaller than that of a Crested Lark, with sandy-ground colors above and a whitish breast with vertical black lines. It has a prominent white supercilium and a white half-circle under the cheek, joining back to the nape to form a distinctive triangle. It has a small crest, which is often not visible until is lifted up.