Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Hume's Lark (Calandrella acutirostris)


French: Alouette de Hume German: Tibetlerche Spanish: Terrera de Hume
Other common names: Hume's Short-toed Lark

Calandrella acutirostris

A. O. Hume

, 1873,

Sughet Pass, south-west Xinjiang, China


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. acutirostris A. O. Hume, 1873 – S Kazakhstan and extreme W China (W Xinjiang) S to Afghanistan and S Pakistan; winters mainly Pakistan and NW India; recorded in NE Iran.
  • C. a. tibetana W. E. Brooks, 1880 – NE Pakistan and NW India E across Tibetan Plateau to C China (S Gansu, extreme W Ningxia & NW Sichuan) and S to Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan; winters N Indian Subcontinent.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm. Small, neat, rather pale lark with long tertials almost cloaking tips of folded wings. Nominate race has white supercilium, and distinct dark loral spot;... read more


    Song, mainly in high flight, short strophes of varied short (though often rather complex) notes... read more


    Breeds in sandy and gravelly habitats with very sparse vegetation, at elevations of 1000–5000... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food poorly known; seeds and invertebrates. Forages on ground, in flocks in non-breeding season.


    Little studied. Season mainly May–Aug, chiefly from Jun at higher altitudes; probably two broods. Song-flighting male rises high, and... read more


    Migratory. Nominate race winters mainly in Pakistan and NW India; tibetana in Nepal, N... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common; scarce in some areas. Frequent to scarce in Pakistan; in India, common in Ladakh but less common in Sikkim; common in NW Nepal; rare... read more

    Recommended citation

    Alström, P. (2019). Hume's Lark (Calandrella acutirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 February 2019).