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Hume's Short-toed Lark

Calandrella acustirostris (Hume, 1873)

Тонкоклювый жаворонок | Нәзіктұмсық бозторғай

2014-07-17
Karzhantau
© Fedor Karpov

Distribution

Breeds in highland steppe of Western Tien Shan in Karjantau ridge and Pskem ridge, between Mynchukurbel and Yakhak passes. Vagrant obtained 31 March 1900 near Dzharkent settlement.

Biology

Rare breeding migrant. Inhabits mountain steppe and alpine meadows at 2500-2800 m. Appear late April – early May in small flocks. Pairs breed separately at density of 5-7 pairs per km. Nest is built in shallow scrape under grass shelter from dry grass and some moss lined with plenty of vegetation fluff and hair. Clutches of 3-4 eggs are laid mid May – mid July. Incubates by female for 10-11 days. Both parents feed juveniles, which fledge at 10-11 days, in mid June – early August. Repeated breeding after loss of first nest is common. Wandering birds are recorded mid – end August.

Subspecies

Calandrella acustirostris acustirostris (Hume, 1873)

References

Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999.

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