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Photo © by Jose Ardaiz
Ablitas (Navarre), Spain, June 2004
Melanocorypha calandra


17.5–20 cm long

  • Streaked grey brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Large black patches on breast sides
  • White supercilium
  • Short broad wings, dark below
  • Short white-edged tail
  • Yellowish-brown bill
Photo by mikeprince
Trujillo, Extremadura, Spain, June 2006


Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia
Eastern Europe: Scandinavia, Norway, Finland, Faroe Islands, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Crete, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Middle East: Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Asia: Russia, Siberia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • M. c. calandra:
  • Mediterranean basin to eastern Turkey, north-western Iran, Transcaucasia and Urals
  • M. c. hebraica:
  • M. c. gaza:
  • M. c. psammochroa:


Steppe and open cultivation, dry open country, grassland, farmland.


May form sizeable winter flocks.


Walks or runs. Flight similar to Eurasian Skylark but more bouncy.


It nests on the ground. The clutch consists of 4–5 eggs.


The diet includes seeds supplemented with insects in the breeding season.


Song: reminiscent of Skylark, but more melodic.
Call: varied. schreeep, treeh or trip, trip.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
  4. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9

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