Thekla's Lark Galerida theklae
(aka Thekla Lark)
Thekla Lark, Boumalne du Dades, Morocco, April 2014 - click for larger image Thekla's Lark is distributed in the Iberian Peninsula and extreme south of France; in North Africa from Western Sahara through Morocco to Egypt; and with a disjunct population in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
Thekla Lark, Boumalne du Dades, Morocco, April 2014 - click for larger image Breeds in wilder and more arid habitats than Crested Lark G. cristata to which it is very similar in appearance. Thekla Lark is slightly smaller with a shorter, less pointed bill, greyer plumage and generally more distinct streaking on the breast. The crest is less spiky.

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