Asian Short-toed Lark Alaudala cheleensis Scientific name definitions

Per Alström, Sundev Gombobaatar, and Paul F. Donald
Version: 2.0 — Published October 24, 2023

Demography and Populations

Measures of Breeding Activity

Information needed.

Life Span and Survivorship

Information needed.

Disease and Body Parasites

The following parasitic worms have been found in Asian Short-toed Lark in Mongolia: Sobolevitaenia sp. (family Dilepididae) and Biuterina dicruri (family Diplotriaenidae) in Tumentsogt Sum (county), Sukhbaatar Aimag (province) (23); Anonchotaenia globata (family Diplotriaenidae) in Tumentsogt Sum, Sukhbaatar Aimag (24, 23); Diplotriaenia alaudae (family Diplotriaenidae) at Buir Lake, Dornod Aimag and Bayandalai Sum, Ömnögobi Aimag (25); and Mediorhynchus micracanthus (family Giganthorhynchidae) at Tumentsogt Sum, Sukhbaatar Aimag (23).

Causes of Mortality

In Mongolia, livestock trample and destroy nests (16, 14). Birds die in large numbers if they feed on grain mixed with bromadiolone (a rodenticide used to control pest rodents in steppe habitats) (26, 27, 28, 14). Birds that had probably died from collisions with 10 KV and 15 KV power lines have been found in central Mongolia (29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35). There can be high mortality of eggs and young chicks if they are exposed to cold temperatures in the early breeding season (16, 15,14). Steppe fires may destroy nests with eggs or young in the early breeding season. In late July to early September, many young birds are killed by fast driving cars on paved roads (G.S.). Red fox (Vulpes vulpes), corsac fox (Vulpes corsac), and Halys pit viper (Gloydius halys) prey upon eggs and chicks in the nest (16). It is a major part of the diet of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in the steppe (19, 36, 20, 21, 14).

Population Spatial Metrics

Information needed.

Population Status

According to comparative assessment of population trends in Mongolia in 2020-2011, populations are stable (36). Since 2011, the population status in Mongolia has been stable across the country (14).

Population Regulation

Information needed.

Recommended Citation

Alström, P., S. Gombobaatar, and P. F. Donald (2023). Asian Short-toed Lark (Alaudala cheleensis), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.
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