Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
The horned lark measures 8-9 inches long with a wingspan of 12-14 inches. It is a brown backed bird with a very distinguishable face pattern. The male has slightly more brilliant colors and can be identified by the black feather tufts which can be seen extending above the head. In flight, it has a very recognizable black tail. Horned larks eat mostly weed seed, waste grain, and insects. They can often be seen in freshly manured fields during the winter. Females build a nest on bare ground in a natural hollow or near an earth clod or cattle droppings. Prairie dog towns are a very good area to view horned larks. They can also be found along county gravel roads and prairie trails.