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