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Galerida theklae
Photo by averity
Location: Extremadura, Spain.


It has a long spiky erectile crest. Dark-streaked grey above and whitish below, grey underwings. Notice upper-tail coverts are rusty in contrast with greyish rump. The sexes are similar.

Similar species

Crested Lark


Iberia, northern Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Somalia.


Galerida theklae has 12 subspecies.[1]


Dry open country, often at some altitude.

  • Specifically for Iberia:
    • Rocky or stony soil with stones larger than about 1cm diameter.
    • Presence of shrubs from about 20cm to over 1m and can include some trees usually oaks (Cork and Holm Oak) or Pines (Stone and Maritime)
    • Percentage of woody vegetation cover sparse to 100% - usually scrub.
    • In areas with high cover they can be on sandy soils, fixed dunes and heaths etc.
    • Some bare ground at least - tracks are sufficient.
    • Habitats usually covering large or very large areas with low human impact.


It nests on the ground, laying 2-6 eggs.

The diet includes weed seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist.
  2. Birdforum discussion of habitat choice

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