French: Alouette leucoptère German: Weißflügellerche Spanish: Calandria aliblanca
Baraba steppe region of north-east Kazakhstan and south Siberia#R
SW Russia (S to NW Caspian Sea) and N Kazakhstan E to NW China; winters S to Black Sea region and N Iran.
c. 18 cm; male 40–52 g, female 36–48 g. Rather well-proportioned lark with moderately large bill, long wings, distinctive wing pattern. Male has rufous forehead,... read more
Song, from ground or low perch or in flight, a protracted mix of twittering and trills with... read more
Breeds mainly on flat or slightly undulating, dry grass steppe (e.g. Stipa and Festuca... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and seeds. In summer, apparently mainly insects; in one study, beetles (Coleoptera) formed up to 50% of diet, orthopterans 32... read more
Season late Apr/early May to early Aug; number of broods uncertain, conflicting reports of one or two (two more likely in view of drawn-out... read more
Largely migratory. Winters mainly in SW part of breeding range, and from N of Black Sea S through... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. No reliable population estimates; generally less numerous than other larks occurring in same region. Apparent decrease in... read more
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