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- Alaudala rufescens
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).
16 subspecies of Lesser Short-toed Lark are recognized:
- 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
Dry open country, preferring dry and bare soils.
It nests on the ground, laying 2-3 eggs.
Diet includes seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.
- 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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Birdforum thread discussing the id of this species
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Lesser Short-toed Lark. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Lesser_Short-toed_Lark