The Effects of Management Practices on Grassland Birds—Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Professional Paper 1842-U
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The key to Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) management is maintaining areas with short, sparse vegetation by burning, mowing, or grazing. Horned Larks have been reported to use habitats with less than or equal to (≤) 70 centimeters (cm) average vegetation height, 3–26 cm visual obstruction reading, 15–67 percent grass cover, 3–70 percent forb cover, ≤21 percent shrub cover, 1–44 percent bare ground, ≤63 percent litter cover, and ≤9 cm litter depth.

Suggested Citation

Dinkins, M.F., Igl, L.D., Shaffer, J.A., Johnson, D.H., Zimmerman, A.L., Parkin, B.D., Goldade, C.M., and Euliss, B.R., 2019, The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (ver. 1.1, July 2022), chap. U of Johnson, D.H., Igl, L.D., Shaffer, J.A., and DeLong, J.P., eds., The effects of management practices on grassland birds: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1842, 24 p.,

ISSN: 2330-7102 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Capsule Statement
  • Breeding Range
  • Suitable Habitat
  • Area Requirements and Landscape Associations
  • Brood Parasitism by Cowbirds and Other Species
  • Breeding-Season Phenology and Site Fidelity
  • Species’ Response to Management
  • Management Recommendations from the Literature
  • References
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 1842
Chapter U
DOI 10.3133/pp1842U
Edition Version 1.0: January 8, 2020; Version 1.1: July 8, 2022
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description v, 24 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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