18 March, 2013

Lesser Short-toed Lark

Scientific Name: Calandrella rufescens

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Prefers dry, baren soils in Spain, north Africa, and Turkey eastwards across the semi-deserts of central Asia to Mongolia and China.

Field Notes: Small pale lark, smaller even than Greater Short-toed Lark. It is dark-streaked greyish-brown above, and white below. It has a pale supercilium, and a short stubby bill. This species also lacks the dark neck patches of Greater Short-toed Lark, and has fine streaking across the breast.

Personal Notes: Seen in Donana National Park, Spain.

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