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Calandra Lark
Melanocorypha calandra

Map of the common names


A big (L 19 cm), heavily built lark, sandy-coloured with large head, stout bill and with a black patch on neck-side. Its most typical habitats are open areas, ranging from fallow to extensively farmed cereal crops. The diet is largely insects, but seeds and fruits also. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The decline of this species is related mainly to agricultural intensification, including irrigation. Other factors which may also have contributed to the decline include hunting and the abandonement of cropland.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 1,000,000 / 3,000,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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