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Lesser Short-toed Lark

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Photo by Steve G
Photo by Steve G
Alaudala rufescens

Calandrella rufescens


[edit] Identification

Dark-streaked greyish-brown above, and white below. It has a pale supercilium, and a short stubby bill. At least in the Iberian Peninsula, the distinct breast streaking contrasts sharply with the white lower breast (like Pectoral Sandpiper).

[edit] Distribution

Spain, north Africa, Turkey, Mongolia and China.

[edit] Taxonomy

16 subspecies of Lesser Short-toed Lark are recognized[1]:

  • A.r. rufescens
  • A.r. polatzeki
  • A.r. apetzii
  • A.r. minor
  • A.r. nicolli
  • A.r. pseudobaetica
  • A.r. persica
  • A.r. heinei
  • A.r. cheleensis
  • A.r. leucophaea
  • A.r. niethammeri
  • A.r. kukunoorensis
  • A.r. seebohmi
  • A.r. beicki
  • A.r. stegmanni
  • A.r. tangutica

[edit] Habitat

Dry open country, preferring dry and bare soils.

[edit] Behaviour

It nests on the ground, laying 2-3 eggs.

Diet includes seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Birdforum thread discussing the id of this species

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