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A. s. megaensis
Photo by Peter Day
Liben Plains, Ethiopia, November 2013

Alternative name: Rufous Short-toed Lark

Alaudala somalica

Calandrella somalica
Includes: Athi Short-toed Lark



Eastern Africa: found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.



Athi Short-toed Lark
Photo by Mick Harris
Simba Farm Lodge, West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Dec 2017

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • A. s. megaensis:
  • A. s. somalica:
  • Eastern Ethiopia to northern Somalia
  • A. s. perconfusa:
  • Central and western plateau of northern Somalia
  • A. s. athensis : Athi Short-toed Lark


Dry lowland grassland.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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