French: Alouette raytal German: Uferlerche Spanish: Terrera raytal
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. adamsi
(A. O. Hume, 1871) – SE Iran, Pakistan and NW India (Punjab, Haryana, NW Gujarat).
A. r. raytal
(Blyth, 1845) – N India (E from Haryana to Arunachal Pradesh), Nepal, Bangladesh and C & S Myanmar.
A. r. krishnakumarsinhji
(Vaurie & Dharmakumarsinhji, 1954) – Bhavnagar, in S Gujarat (W India).
12–13 cm. Small, pale lark with comparatively long, slender bill, relatively short tail, distinct primary projection. Nominate race has pale greyish-white supercilium;... read more
Song, mainly in high flight, rather short (usually 2–4 seconds), dry, rattling, slightly... read more
Mainly dry, sandy riverbanks and islands in rivers. Race adamsi also occurs in sandy areas... read more
Food and feeding
Food poorly known. Small snails (of genera Planorbis and Corbicula), other invertebrates; also seeds, especially of ... read more
In nominate race, season Feb–May, chiefly Mar and Apr; adamsi apparently breeds from mid-Mar to mid-May and, after good... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; no estimates of population size. Common in Pakistan, locally common in N India and Nepal, and fairly common but very local in Bhutan... read more
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