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Blanford's Lark

From Opus

Alternative name: Blanford's Short-toed Lark

Calandrella blanfordi


[edit] Identification

13–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Pale brown, dark streaked upperparts
  • Rufous crown, feather sometimes erected to form a crest
  • Pale underparts
  • Small dark patch on side of neck

[edit] Distribution

Africa and Arabia
Eastern Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. b. eremica:
  • C. b. blanfordi:
  • C. b. daaroodensis:

[edit] Habitat

Open grassland, stoney areas and bare ground. Rolling hills

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They are ground feeders. Their diet consists mostly of small seeds, along with some insects, such as grasshoppers and beetles.

[edit] Breeding

There is very little information. The clutch consists of two to five eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
  4. Wikipedia

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