Greater Hoopoe-lark (Alaemon alaudipes) - HBW 9, p. 567
French: Sirli du désert
Spanish: Alondra Ibis
Other common names: Hoopoe Lark, Bifasciated Lark, Large Desert Lark
Taxonomy: Upupa alaudipes Desfontaines, 1789, between Gafsa and Tozeur, Tunisia.
Affinities uncertain. May form a superspecies with A. hamertoni, but differs from that species in nest and display behaviour. Geographical variation rather slight; size increase partially clinal from W to E. Nominate race and doriae intergrade in Middle East. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- boavistae Hartert, 1917 - Cape Verde Is (Boavista, Maio).
- alaudipes (Desfontaines, 1789) - Sahara Desert (from S Morocco S to Mauritania, N & C Mali, C Niger, C & E Chad and N Sudan) E to Syria, Jordan and N Arabia.
- desertorum (Stanley, 1814) - Red Sea coasts from S Sudan (Port Sudan) S to NW Somalia, and from C Saudi Arabia (Jiddah) S to S Yemen (Aden).
- doriae (Salvadori, 1868) - Iraq and E Arabia E to Pakistan and adjacent extreme NW India.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 15 videos
A bird standing and walking Locality Al Khor, Qatar (ssp doriae)
Josep del Hoyo 15 May 2008 6 years ago 41 sec 4.8
A male singing and displaying twice Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp alaudipes)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 6 years ago 35 sec 4.5
A bird feeding on stony ground Locality Tagdilt Track, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco (ssp alaudipes)
Keith Blomerley 2 March 2010 4 years ago 29 sec 4.2
Running with the search for dinner. Locality Al Kaser, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 9 July 2012 2 years ago 1 min 11 sec 4
A bird singing on a small bush Locality Boulemane, Boulemane Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco (ssp alaudipes)
Christian Dortu 29 February 2008 6 years ago 28 sec 3.7
A bird running and looking around Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp alaudipes)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 6 years ago 32 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 25 photos
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 29 October 2010 4 years ago 4.7
Adult at nest with chicks.
Locality Kuwait (ssp doriae)
Omar Alshaheen 24 March 2014 7 weeks ago 4.6
A bird calling on the ground
Locality Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp alaudipes)
Jose Ramon 1 March 2010 46 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Lagao, Maio Island, Cape Verde (ssp boavistae)
auf 7 October 2011 3 years ago 4.5
a bird feeding
Locality Cape Verde (ssp boavistae)
Georges Olioso 8 November 2014 5 weeks ago 4.4
Perching on a little plant in the sand
Locality Tataouine, Tataouine Governorate, Tunisia (ssp alaudipes )
Marco Valentini 27 December 2011 2 years ago 4.4
A bird singing twice. Locality Boulemane, Boulemane Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco
Christian Dortu 29 February 2008 1 year ago 4.5
A male singing twice while displaying. Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 1 year ago 4