The region's most familiar lark, partly on account of its predilection for feeding alongside raods and tracks. Similar in size to skylark but body is more bulky and has longer bill and characteristic spiky crest. Adult plumage mainly sandy brown with dark streaking on crown, back, chest and flanks. Face marked with pale supercilium, eyering and throat and dark moustachial stripe. Tail has buff outer feathers and underwing coverts are orange-buff.
Favours dry habitats with sparse vegetation.