Horned Lark photos by Larry Jordan
Well I guess there’s no wondering now! The Horned Lark’s horns are occipital feather tufts which can be raised or lowered but are usually erect in males1. I’m not sure if this is a male or female but it was very nice to pose for a moment, long enough for me to capture those “horns.”
There were literally hundreds of these Horned Larks along the sides of the road as I passed through the golden, dry pastures on my way to the next site for Burrowing Owl habitat installation in Chico, California.
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References: 1 Birds Of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna