- Ammomanes cinctura
Previously known as Ammomanes cincturus.
13-14cm (5-5½ in)
- Greyish upperparts
- Reddish-brown tail with black terminal band
- Bill may look pink or white depending on the light
- long primary projection (about half length of tertials)
Desert Lark, which is larger and has a longer bill.
Europe. Africa, Middle East, Asia:
Europe: Italy, Malta
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan
African Islands: Cape Verde Islands
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Afghanistan, Pakistan
There are 3 subspecies:
- A. c. cinctura:
- A. c. arenicolor (pallens):
- A. c. zarudnyi:
Hot deserts, hamada.
Inclined to flock outside of the breeding season. Constantly on the move, making only brief stops.
Their main diet consists of seeds, with some other plant material. They will also eat some insects.
Spreads tail momentarily when landing. Undulating flight
Call: a harsh trilling cherr or bshee
Song: (sounds like a rusty door hinge) tleo weeh, tleo weeh, tleo weeh, often delivered in flight.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
- BF Member observations
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Bar-tailed Lark. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Bar-tailed_Lark
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.