Larks (Alaudidae)

Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae) - HBW 9, p. 596

French: Cochevis de Thékla German: Theklalerche Spanish: Cogujada Montesina

Taxonomy: Galerita Theklae A. E. Brehm, 1857, Xàtiva, near Valencia, Spain.
Sometimes treated as forming a superspecies with G. malabarica, and has often been treated as conspecific, but proof of close relationship lacking. Marked geographical variation in colour, rather slight in size; variation strongly clinal in W of range, from grey-brown in N (Spain) to sandy-coloured in S (Sahara). Described race aguirrei (E Morocco) synonymized with ruficolor; birds named as race deichleri (Sahara of NE Algeria and SC Tunisia) considered to involve bleached individuals of carolinae. Genus name of original description based on unjustified (and.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Galerita Theklae A. E. Brehm, 1857, Xàtiva, near Valencia, Spain.
Sometimes treated as forming a superspecies with G. malabarica, and has often been treated as conspecific, but proof of close relationship lacking. Marked geographical variation in colour, rather slight in size; variation strongly clinal in W of range, from grey-brown in N (Spain) to sandy-coloured in S (Sahara). Described race aguirrei (E Morocco) synonymized with ruficolor; birds named as race deichleri (Sahara of NE Algeria and SC Tunisia) considered to involve bleached individuals of carolinae. Genus name of original description based on unjustified (and indeed invalid) emendation of Galerida. Twelve subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • theklae A. E. Brehm, 1857 - E & S Portugal, Spain (including Balearic Is) and extreme S France (Roussillon).
  • erlangeri Hartert, 1904 - N Morocco (E to Algerian border, S to Middle Atlas).
  • ruficolor Whitaker, 1898 - NE & C Morocco, coastal Algeria and N Tunisia.

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  • theklae A. E. Brehm, 1857 - E & S Portugal, Spain (including Balearic Is) and extreme S France (Roussillon).
  • erlangeri Hartert, 1904 - N Morocco (E to Algerian border, S to Middle Atlas).
  • ruficolor Whitaker, 1898 - NE & C Morocco, coastal Algeria and N Tunisia.
  • theresae Meinertzhagen, 1939 - SW Morocco (S from Anti-Atlas Mts) and Western Sahara.
  • superflua Hartert, 1897 - Hauts Plateaux in NE Morocco (E of R Moulouya) and N Algeria (S to Atlas Saharien) E to Tunisia.
  • carolinae Erlanger, 1897 - N Sahara from extreme E Morocco (Figuig) E to NE Libya, probably also extreme NW Egypt (Salum).
  • praetermissa (Blanford, 1869) - highlands from S Eritrea S to C Ethiopia.
  • huei Érard & de Naurois, 1973 - SC Ethiopia (Bale Mts, Arussi).
  • huriensis Benson, 1947 - S Ethiopia and N Kenya (Huri Hills S to Marsabit).
  • ellioti Hartert, 1897 - N & C Somalia.
  • harrarensis Érard & Jarry, 1973 - E Ethiopia (Harar, Jijiga).
  • mallablensis Colston, 1982 - coastal S Somalia.