Greater Short-toed Lark

Calandrella brachydactyla

(C. b. artemisiana, C. b. longipennis )

Armenian Name: Փոքր արտույտ
Greater Short-toed Lark

See Plate 39 for Greater Short-toed Lark and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length: 13-14 cm, Wing Span:25-30 cm
Distribution Map: Map 205.
Description: Pale yellowish-brown lark with plain central breast, bold supercilium, dark wingbar, and medium-length pointed bill.
Adult: Clearly streaked above in fresh plumage; drabber gray when worn. Dark patch on breast-sides.
Juvenile: Pale feather edges above; faint streaks below.
Similar Species: Lesser Short-toed Lark.
Behavior: Males perform undulating song-flights in spring. Migrates in flocks.
Habitat: Semidesert, fields.
Food: Invertebrates, seeds.
Nest: Grass-lined ground scrape.
Eggs: 20 mm, 3-5, white, dark brown spots.