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Asian short toed lark

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Alaudala
Higher classification  Calandrella
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Alaudidae
Scientific name  Calandrella cheleensis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Lark, Bird, Calandrella, Hume's short‑toed lark, Mongolian lark

Asian short toed lark

The Asian short-toed lark (Alaudala cheleensis) is a species of lark in the Alaudidae family. It is found from south-central to eastern Asia.


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Taxonomy and systematics

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Formerly or presently, some authorities have considered the Asian short-toed lark to belong to the genus Calandrella or to be a subspecies of the lesser short-toed lark. Alternate names for the Asian short-toed lark include the Asiatic short-toed lark, Eastern short-toed lark (a name also used by the Steppe greater short-toed lark), grey short-toed lark, Mongolian short-toed lark (not to be confused with the species of the same name, Calandrella dukhunensis), salined lark and salt-marsh lark.


Six subspecies are recognized:

  • Kazakhstan lesser short-toed lark (A. c. leucophaea) - (Severtsov, 1873): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Calandrella. Found from Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan
  • A. c. seebohmi - Sharpe, 1890: Originally described as a separate species. Found in north-western China
  • A. c. tuvinica - (Stepanyan, 1975): Found in north-western Mongolia and southern Russia
  • A. c. cheleensis - Swinhoe, 1871: Found in south-central Siberia, north-eastern Mongolia and north-eastern China
  • A. c. kukunoorensis - Przewalski, 1876: Found in west-central China
  • A. c. beicki - (Meise, 1933): Found in southern Mongolia and north-central China

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