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Greater Short-toed Lark

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Subspecies C. b. longipennisPhoto by Alok TewariGurgaon Rural, Haryana, India,  February-2018
Subspecies C. b. longipennis
Photo by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India, February-2018
Calandrella brachydactyla



14–15 cm
A short-billed lark with long tertials


Photo by ScottishdudeTrack by Lucio del Lobo, Sepulveda, Spain,  May, 2010
Photo by Scottishdude
Track by Lucio del Lobo, Sepulveda, Spain, May, 2010

Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia
Europe: Scandinavia, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Ibiza, Mallorca, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Hungary, Balkans, Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Crete, Corfu, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya
Middle East: Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan
Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, GeorgiaSiberia, Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar


JuvenilePhoto by mikeprince Belen Plain, Extremadura, Spain, June 2006
Photo by mikeprince
Belen Plain, Extremadura, Spain, June 2006

Syke's Short-toed Lark was formerly included in this species.


There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • C. b. brachydactyla:
  • Mediterranean environs and islands
  • C. b. hungarica:
  • C. b. rubiginosa:
  • C. b. woltersi:
  • C. b. hermonensis:
  • C. b. artemisiana:
  • Asia Minor, Transcaucasia and north-western Iran
  • C. b. longipennis (orientalis):


Semi-arid farm land, fields, short-grass steppe and desert scrub.



A wide variety of invertebrates, seeds and green vegetable matter.


Listen in an external program


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2014)
  4. BF Member observations

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