Mongolian Short-toed Lark Calandrella dukhunensis Scientific name definitions

Per Alström and Sundev Gombobaatar
Version: 2.0 — Published September 17, 2021

Conservation and Management

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Not globally threatened (Least Concern). However, although its population and even the species’ trends are unknown, there appear to be few imminent threats. Approximately 12% of the species’ range in Mongolia occurs within protected areas (25).

Effects of Human Activity

Direct effects: Oil mining activities including creation of dust roads, noise pollution and dust may impact breeding birds. Birds are often killed in collisions with vehicles on busy roads near breeding sites.

Indirect effects: In early spring and autumn, steppe fires burn breeding and migrating habitats. Particularly late spring fires destroy nests with eggs and young chicks. Birds may die if they feed on grain mixed with bromadiolone (a rodenticide used to control pest rodents in steppe habitats). Birds may also die after collisions with power lines and power poles, including 10 KV and 15 KV (26).

Recommended Citation

Alström, P. and S. Gombobaatar (2021). Mongolian Short-toed Lark (Calandrella dukhunensis), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.sstlar4.02