Armash Hills

Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla


Short-toed Lark. Armash Hills, Armenia, May 2018

A. R. Dean

The identity of this Calandrella lark caused some hesitation. The neck patches, face pattern and subdued stippling (rather than well-defined streaks) on the breast led to a conclusion of Greater Short-toed Lark
but the relatively short tertials and well-exposed primary tips seemed more in accordance with Lesser. The tertials do not appear overly worn. However, only two primary tips are visible, with a long gap then to the tertials.

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