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Calandra Lark

(Melanocorypha calandra)
Alternate name(s): "European Calandra-lark"
German name(s): "Kalanderlerche"

Size: 17.5-20 cm
Weight: 54-73 g (male); 44-66 g (female)


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Calandra Lark at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "calandra"

This race is also called the "European Calandra Lark".


Sex unknown

Near-lateral view of a Calandra Lark, with a second visible behind it; note the black patch on the side of the chest
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Franca de Xira, Tejo estuary, Portugal, June 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a Calandra Lark; note the strong bill and the prominent supercilium (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Franca de Xira, Tejo estuary, Portugal, June 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a Calandra Lark (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, July 2019]


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

callark_jp_20230205.mp3 calandra
Territorial calls? © JP

More Calandra Lark sound recordings are available at .

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