Very difficult to separate from Crested Lark (Galerida cristata). Has the same size (L 16 cm) but distinguished by shorter crest, shorter and stubbier bill and also more clearly defined black spots on breast. The optimum habitat for Theckla Larks is stony soil and scrub areas, in arid or semi-arid terrain, upland of mountainous slopes and cultivated crops. The diet consists mainly of insects and seeds. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex
The irrigation and substitution of traditional low-intensity farmland by dense and fast-growing crops, overgrazing and the afforestation of abandoned croplands have all reduced the extent of suitable habitat for the species.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
1,400,000 / 1,700,000 pairs
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