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 7 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 7 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 5 years ago 29 sec 4.2
Running with the search for dinner. Locality Al Kaser, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 9 July 2012 3 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 7 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 7 years ago 32 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 32 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 44 weeks ago 4.6
Adult at dawn
Locality Little Rann of Kutch, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Marco Valentini 15 February 2015 26 weeks ago 4.6
A bird calling on the ground
Locality Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco (ssp alaudipes)
Jose Ramon 1 March 2010 1 year ago 4.6
Locality Boumalne Dades, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco (ssp alaudipes)
Arthur Grosset 28 April 2014 18 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Lagao, Maio Island, Cape Verde (ssp boavistae)
auf 7 October 2011 3 years ago 4.5
A bird singing twice. Locality Boulemane, Boulemane Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco
Christian Dortu 29 February 2008 2 years ago 4.5
A male singing twice while displaying. Locality Erfoud, Meknès-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2007 2 years ago 4