Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica)


French: Alouette de Mongolie German: Mongolenlerche Spanish: Calandria de Mongolia

Alauda mongolica


, 1776,

northern Mongolia


Sister to M. maxima#R, despite morphological similarity to Alauda leucoptera. Monotypic.


Mongolia and neighbouring parts of S Russia and N China.

Descriptive notes

18–22 cm; male 54–65 g, female 45–54 g. Rather large, quite large-billed, fairly long-winged lark with distinctive pattern. Has long whitish supercilia... read more


Song, from ground or low perch or in flight, a sustained twittering with interspersed dry notes,... read more


Favours rather dry grassland, preferentially with patches of denser, taller grass, but also in... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Diet seeds and invertebrates.


Little studied. Season mainly Apr–Aug; two broods. Male song flight with rather slow wingbeats, sometimes quivering on bowed wings.... read more


Sedentary or short-distance migrant; N parts of breeding range mainly or completely vacated in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Rather poorly known species; no population estimates.

Recommended citation

Alström, P. (2020). Mongolian Lark (Melanocorypha mongolica). 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 25 February 2020).