The Desert Lark
, Ammomanes deserti
, breeds in deserts and semi-deserts from the Sahara
east through the Arabian peninsula
and the Middle East
It is resident
apart from local movements in arid stony areas, and avoids flat sand. Its nest is on the ground in a rock crevice or amongst stones, with 3-4 egg
being laid. The food of the Desert Lark is seeds and insects
, the latter especially in the breeding season.
This is a small lark
at 15 – 16.5 cm length. It is sand-coloured above and pale pinkish grey below, with a thick yellow-based bill. The tail is reddish brown with a diffuse dark terminal band.
The sexes are alike, but there is considerable geographical variation. For example, A. d. payni
of southern Morocco
is greyer above than nominate deserti
, and has orange flanks. A. d. annae
of north Jordan
has dark grey upperparts, head and breast.
The song is a mournful choo-wee-chacha wooee
. Desert Lark is otherwise a quiet bird
- Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern