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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Short-toed Lark

 

 

Awaiting image for this species

(could be a long wait!)

 

 

Short-toed Lark

(Greater short-toed lark)

Calandrella brachydactyla

 

  • Short-toed Lark (Greater short-toed lark)
  • Calandrella brachydactyla
  • UK: Scarce visitor, 27 records a year BTO
  • WI: Very rare accidental/vagrant (five or less records) TBC
  • Breeds: Nests on ground in dryish open or cultivated country, grassland. Southern Europe, Northwest Africa, across temperate Asia, Africa
  • Winters: South of breeding range to south Sahara, India (Common wanderer to N & W Europe spring & autumn)
  • Diet: Forages on ground or digs. Seeds. (Breeding season also insects)
  • Small pale lark, (smaller than Skylark). Dark-streaked greyish-brown above, white below. Strong pointed bill. Pale eye stripe, dark patches on sides of neck. Tail dark. (Western birds sometimes have rufous crown). Sexes similar

 

Short-toed Lark records in the Western Isles

Very rare accidental/vagrant (five or less records) TBC

 


The chart below shows how abundant the Short-toed Lark is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

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