Bar-tailed Lark (Ammomanes cinctura) - HBW 9, p. 577
French: Ammomane élégante
Spanish: Terrera Colinegra
Other common names: Bar-tailed Desert Lark/Sand Lark, Black-tailed Lark/Desert Lark/Finch-lark
Taxonomy: Melanocorypha cinctura Gould, 1839, São Tiago, Cape Verde Islands.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with A. phoenicura, and in the past considered conspecific. Paler and smaller birds from Chad (Ennedi) and Sudan sometimes separated as race pallens, but appear indistinguishable from arenicolor. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cinctura (Gould, 1839) - Cape Verde Is (São Tiago, Maio, Boavista, Sal).
- arenicolor (Sundevall, 1850) - Sahara Desert from S & E Morocco E to Libya (Cyrenaica) and Egypt (including Sinai Peninsula) and S, discontinuously, to W & SE Mauritania, WC Mali, CNiger, N & E Chad and C & NE Sudan; also Middle East (S Israel, Jordan, Iraq) and Arabian Peninsula.
- zarudnyi Hartert, 1902 - E Iran E to S Afghanistan and S Pakistan.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A juvenile walking and feeding on the ground. Locality Columbretes Islands, Castellón, Valencian Community, Spain (ssp arenicolor)
Carlos Fabregat 9 May 2008 8 years ago 54 sec 4.7
A bird on a rock rubbing its bill, then flying away Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp arenicolor)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 8 years ago 16 sec 4.4
A bird standing by a small bush then running away Locality Er Rachidia, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp arenicolor)
Keith Blomerley 5 March 2010 6 years ago 27 sec 4.2
A bird on the ground preening, then calling Locality Auserd, Western Sahara (ssp arenicolor)
Eric Roualet 2 February 2010 5 years ago 21 sec 3.8
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A bird capture a grain
Locality Al Zilfi (Al Zulfi), Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 21 January 2016 7 weeks ago 4.8
Bird on the ground.
Locality Kuwait (ssp arenicolor)
Omar Alshaheen 1 October 2014 1 year ago 4.5
standing in the sun, close up.
Locality Sidi Toui National Park, Medenine Governorate, Tunisia (ssp arenicolor)
Marco Valentini 28 December 2011 4 years ago 4.3
A bird on the ground
Locality Merzouga, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp arenicolor)
Aleix Comas 30 March 2009 7 years ago 4.2
A bird seen feeding in the vegetation next to the public beach.
Locality Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde (ssp cinctura)
Ivan Sjögren 28 February 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Adult on ground
Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Markus Lilje 23 February 2016 12 weeks ago 3.7