Species names in all available languages
|English (Bangladesh)||Eastern Short-toed Lark (Sykes's Short-toed Lark)|
|English (India)||Mongolian Short-toed Lark (Sykes's Short-toed Lark)|
|English (United States)||Mongolian Short-toed Lark|
|French||Alouette de Sykes|
|Serbian||Sajkova mala ševa|
|Spanish (Spain)||Terrera oriental|
|Turkish||Moğol Bozkır Toygarı|
Per Alström and Gombobaatar Sundev revised and standardized the account's content with Clements taxonomy. Per Alström, Gombobaatar Sundev, and Arnau Bonan Barfull curated the media.
Calandrella dukhunensis (Sykes, 1832)
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The Mongolian Short-toed Lark is a small lark that breeds on the steppes of the eastern half of Mongolia and neighboring parts of China and Russia. Its breeding range is poorly known, and has until recently been misinterpreted to encompass much of the Tibetan Plateau, where the bird is a common passage migrant. It winters in India, mainly in the southern part, although its winter distribution is very imperfectly known.
This species was previously treated as a subspecies of Greater Short-toed Lark (C. brachydactyla), but molecular data have shown that it is anciently diverged from Greater short-toed Lark and that it is in fact more closely related to Hume's Lark (C. acutirostris) (1, 2, 3). Additionally, the song, calls and song-flight have been shown to differ markedly from those of Greater Short-toed Lark (4).
In the nonbreeding season, it is highly gregarious, often forming large flocks.