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Old Sunday 29th August 2010, 01:19   #1
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What Lark? Fahaheel, Kuwait

From sound and optics I am guessing a (Oriental ?) Skylark.

What do you think?
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Old Sunday 29th August 2010, 02:10   #2
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No, not Oriental Skylark. With that large crest, why not Crested Lark?
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Old Sunday 29th August 2010, 03:21   #3
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To my (untrained) ear, the sound of these Larks and the Crested Larks I've seen in Egypt was totally different.

They looked different in flight too. More plum and round.

And large chest? Well the Crested Larks in Egypt were tiny compared to these guys.
(Maybe they were not Crested Larks after all?)

I am mainly guessing here, since I can only go by the books and the Internet,... any help and ideas welcome :)
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Old Sunday 29th August 2010, 04:28   #4
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There are different Crested Lark subspecies in Egypt vs. Kuwait. In fact there are at least three different subspecies of Crested Lark in Egypt alone. I'm not sure which subspecies you get in Kuwait. There's one that ranges across Turkey to eastern Iraq and another in the Arabian peninsula. Over 30 subspecies altogether.

Anyway, they are not any kind of skylark in my opinion. If I'm wrong, it won't be the first time.
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They look like Crested Larks to me. Crest to prominent and also bill way to long for Oriental./Tom
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They are definitely Crested Larks. It is impossible for an Oriental Skylark to have such a long spiky crest as this and there are no other Galerida larks in the area to muddy the waters.
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Crested Larks they are then - fine with me

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