SPECIES

Asian Short-toed Lark Alaudala cheleensis Scientific name definitions

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

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Asian Short-toed Lark (subspecies cheleensis).
Asian Short-toed Lark (subspecies leucophaea).

Adult in fresh plumage. Note the very pale gray upperside and white underside, and unequal spacing of the outermost primaries.

Possible confusion species: Turkestan Short-toed Lark (Alaudala heinei).


Turkestan Short-toed Lark (subspecies heinei) is extremely similar to Asian Short-toed Lark, and is best separated by the song given in the high song-flight. Turkestan Short-toed Lark has longer primary projection and, especially, more widely and more evenly spaced outer primaries; bird in fresh plumage.

Possible confusion species: Turkestan Short-toed Lark (Alaudala heinei).


Turkestan Short-toed Lark (subspecies heinei) is extremely similar to Asian Short-toed Lark, and is best separated by the song given in the high song-flight. Turkestan Short-toed Lark has longer primary projection and, especially, more widely and more evenly spaced outer primaries; bird in fresh plumage.

Asian Short-toed Lark (subspecies cheleensis).

Adult in worn plumage.

Possible confusion species: Turkestan Short-toed Lark (Alaudala heinei).

Adult in worn plumage (subspecies heinei). Note the longer primary projection and, especially, wider and more equal primary spacing compared to the Asian Short-toed Lark.

Possible confusion species: Turkestan Short-toed Lark (Alaudala heinei).

Adult in worn plumage (subspecies heinei). Note the longer primary projection and, especially, wider and more equal primary spacing compared to the Asian Short-toed Lark.

Asian Short-toed Lark (subspecies seebohmi).
Possible confusion species: Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla).

Greater Short-toed Lark (subspecies longipennis) has longer tertials, and slightly longer and less "stubby" bill; the breast is usually largely unstreaked with just a few thin streaks on the side and a larger blackish patch on each side of the breast; head pattern is more contrasting, with more prominent supercilium.

Possible confusion species: Mongolian Short-toed Lark (Calandrella dukhunensis).

Mongolian Short-toed Lark has longer tertials, and slightly longer and less "stubby" bill; the breast is usually largely unstreaked with just a few thin streaks on the side and a larger blackish patch on each side of the breast; head pattern is more contrasting, with more prominent supercilium.

Asian Short-toed Lark (subspecies cheleensis).
Possible confusion species: Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis).

Eurasian Skylark is larger and heavier, with a proportionately longer and thinner bill.

Possible confusion species: Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula).

Oriental Skylark (subspecies inopinata) is larger and heavier, with a proportionately longer and thinner bill.

Juvenile lateral view  (subspecies tuvinica).
Juvenile lateral view  (subspecies cheleensis).
Juvenile frontal view  (subspecies tuvinica).
Juvenile dorsal view (subspecies cheleensis).
Juvenile dorsal view (subspecies kukunoorensis).
Juvenile (subspecies kukunoorensis).
Adult lateral view (subspecies cheleensis).

Adult in rather fresh plumage. Note the uneven spacing between the outer primary tips.

Adult lateral view (subspecies cheleensis).

Adult in worn plumage. Note the uneven spacing between the outer primary tips.

Adult dorsal view (subspecies cheleensis).

Adult in worn plumage. Note the uneven spacing between the outer primary tips.

Adult dorsal view (subspecies cheleensis).

Adult in fresh plumage.

Adult lateral view (subspecies cheleensis).

Adult in worn plumage.

Adult frontal view (subspecies cheleensis).
Adult dorsal view (subspecies seebohmi).

Adult in fresh plumage.

Bird in active complete molt during August in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Adult lateral view (subspecies leucophaea).
Adult lateral view (subspecies cheleensis).
Adult frontal view (subspecies cheleensis).
Bird in its habitat; Liaoning, China.
Asian Short-toed Lark’s habitat; Bulgan, Mongolia.
Asian Short-toed Lark’s habitat; Dundgovi, Mongolia.
Bird in its habitat; Xinjiang, China.
Birds foraging on the ground.
Male displaying.
Nestlings; June, Sühbaatar, Mongolia.
Nest with five eggs; general view.
Clutch of five eggs.
Nestlings.
Nestling.

Macaulay Library Photos for Asian Short-toed Lark

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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. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.lstlar2.02