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Flycatchers and Larks

Group: 
Birds

Allthough not related I have combined these two insect eating families for convenience! 

 

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Woodlark

Lullula arborea
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A scarce breeding species in some parts of the Dorset heaths


 

 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

Skylark

Alauda arvensis
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A once common farmland bird that has diminished in numbers considerably. Noted for its wonderful song.


 

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata
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Once a common bird around houses and gardens but now, sadly, quite rare.


 

Pied Flycatcher

Ficedula hypoleuca
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Seen occasionally on migration in Dorset, unlikely that they breed here.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

Click/tap the species common name if you want to see more information.

Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla

Breeding in southern Europe and north Africa as well as in parts of Asia this is a rare visitor to Dorset.