French: Ammomane élégante German: Sandlerche Spanish: Terrera colinegra
São Tiago, Cape Verde Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. cinctura
(Gould, 1839) – Cape Verde Is (São Tiago, Maio, Boavista, Sal).
A. c. arenicolor
(Sundevall, 1850) – Sahara Desert from S & E Morocco E to Libya (Cyrenaica) and Egypt (including Sinai Peninsula) and S, discontinuously, to W & SE Mauritania, WC Mali, C Niger, N & E Chad and C & NE Sudan; also Middle East (S Israel, Jordan, Iraq) and Arabian Peninsula.
A. c. zarudnyi
E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – E Iran E to S Afghanistan and S Pakistan.
14 cm; 14–23 g. Small, neat, rather plain lark with relatively small and rounded head, short bill, long primary projection (about half length of tertials), relatively... read more
Male song, often in aerial display, short whistles, “see-oo-lee” or “cher-ho-hee... read more
Most desert-adapted lark of Palearctic. Inhabits mainly deserts with less than 100 mm annual... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, to lesser extent other plant material, and insects. In Cape Verde Is mostly small seeds and grasshoppers (Acrididae); in Western... read more
Season determined by rainfall; lays Jan–Apr in N Africa, Sept–Jun in Cape Verde Is, depending on dry period; mostly mid-Mar to... read more
Resident; dispersive winter movements in search of less arid areas recorded in N Africa, especially... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundance varies widely within rather large but fragmented range. In Cape Verde Is abundant on Sal, Boavista and Maio, rare on Fogo; in Mauritania... read more
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