Local Name (Spain): Calandria común ("Common Calander")
Featured Subspecies: Melanocorypha calandra calandra
A large, powerfully built lark with a distinctive black "neckerchief" like mark, the Calandra lark is found around much of the rim of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and into Central Asia, after which it is replaced by its closest relative, the Bimaculated Lark. A bird of farmland and steppe, it feeds on seeds and insects. It has a comparatively large population, but isn't the commonest lark species within its range.
Subspecies: M. c. calandra, M. c. hebraica, M. c. gaza, M. c. psammochroa
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Scarce and Local Resident- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Abundant at Laguna del Longar (dozens of Summer plumage birds)
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List