Asian Short-toed Lark Alaudala cheleensis Scientific name definitions

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

Movements and Migration

Dispersal and Site Fidelity

Information needed.

Migration Overview

The Asian Short-toed Lark is resident in much of its range, although the northernmost populations (e.g., from Mongolia) appear to be short-distance migrants, which probably winter within the southern part of the species' breeding range (14). The non-breeding distribution is poorly understood, partly because of confusion with the recently split Turkestan Short-toed Lark (Alaudala heinei), which is largely migratory.

Timing and Routes of Migration

In Mongolia, most birds arrive at the breeding sites between late March and late April, but early arrivals are often seen in mid February. In the autumn, most individuals leave their breeding grounds in late September to early October, depending on food availability (15, 16, 14).

Migratory Behavior

In Mongolia, prior to migration, it forms large flocks of up to 200 individuals (G.S.). Migrating individuals always stay near rivers, lakes, and springs with open water in autumn (G.S.).

Control and Physiology of Migration

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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