French: Alouette nègre German: Schwarzsteppenlerche Spanish: Calandria negra
J. R. Forster
#R, Lake El’ton, south-west Russia
SW Russia and N Kazakhstan from just W of R Volga E to L Zaysan, and S to N shores of Caspian Sea, Aral Sea and just N of L Balkhash. Winters S to Black Sea region, Caucasus, N Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and S Kazakhstan.
Male c. 20 cm, 56–76 g; female c. 19 cm, 51–68 g. Heavy-bodied lark with rather large bill, quite short tail and fairly broad wings. Adult male is unmistakable:... read more
Song, from ground or, preferably, low perch such as bush, or in flight, a sustained rapid... read more
Steppe (with e.g. Artemisia, Stipa, Festuca), preferably with some... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and seeds. Diet in summer reported as mainly invertebrates, especially orthopterans and adult and larval beetles (Coleoptera... read more
Season late Mar to Aug, starting at least one month earlier in S than in N; number of broods uncertain, but length of season suggests that... read more
Resident or short-distance migrant; probably also to some extent nomadic. Some move S or SW,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common. No accurate figures for population; possibly 6000–10,000 pairs estimated in Russia. Has apparently decreased... read more
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