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Nominate subspecies
Photo © by AndyS56
Cape Verde Islands, October 2018
Ammomanes cinctura

Previously known as Ammomanes cincturus.


13-14cm (5-5½ in)

  • Greyish upperparts
  • Reddish-brown tail with black terminal band
  • Bill may look pink or white depending on the light
  • long primary projection (about half length of tertials)

Similar Species

Subspecies arenicolor
Photo © by Adin 92
Malta, April 2010

Desert Lark, which is larger and has a longer bill.


Europe. Africa, Middle East, Asia:
Europe: Italy, Malta
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan
African Islands: Cape Verde Islands
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Afghanistan, Pakistan



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. c. cinctura:
  • A. c. arenicolor (pallens):
  • A. c. zarudnyi:


Hot deserts, hamada.


Inclined to flock outside of the breeding season. Constantly on the move, making only brief stops.


Their main diet consists of seeds, with some other plant material. They will also eat some insects.


Spreads tail momentarily when landing. Undulating flight


Call: a harsh trilling cherr or bshee
Song: (sounds like a rusty door hinge) tleo weeh, tleo weeh, tleo weeh, often delivered in flight.


  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. BF Member observations
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)

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