Small lark (L 14 cm). Rather variable in plumage, but always gives a pale impression with relatively pointed bill. The habitat occupied by Short-toed Larks is mainly dry, open plains, steppes and low-intesively cultivated areas. The diet is largely insects in summer but seeds and grass shoots in winter. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The decline of this species is thought to be related to the fragmentation and loss of traditional croplands and steppes. The construction of residential complexes in coastal areas may also be a threat.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
Population : 2,300,000 / 3,700,000 pairs
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