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|Monday 16th December 2013, 20:45||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Bar-tailed lark or desert lark in Mauritania
In northern Mauritania, close to the border with Western Sahara, I found a bunch of these larks. Because of the uniform grey-brown mantle, I think it is either a desert lark or a bar-tailed lark. My best guess is the latter, because of:
- Size and colour of the bill
- Ruddy coloured tertials (dark grey-brownish with desert lark)
- Streaks on the breast not very obvious
- Environment (flat desert with sand and pebbles)
But this is could also be a typical bill for a desert lark, and the streaks on the breast might just as well be too clear for a bar-tailed lark. I do think the dark tips on the tail are too diffuse for a bar-tailed lark?
|Monday 16th December 2013, 21:13||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2006
I agree Bar-tailed Lark and I think that the bill is way too short and stubby for a Desert Lark and also the wrong colour. The tertials are the right colour for BTL. I wouldn't like to comment on the tial without seeing it spread but structurally this bird is Bar-tailed as well.
|Tuesday 17th December 2013, 07:17||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2010
I agree with Roy. It has the more angelic look of a bar-tailed lark than the mean jizz of a desert lark.
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